The hip thrust is becoming an increasingly popular exercise. And for good reason. It's very effective, improves movement (when done correctly), and is safe.
I've written about it before here. But the basic 3 advantages are:
1) Glute Activation
2) Hip/Lumbar Dissociation
- Most hip and back patients live with their butts in their backs (substituting lumbar extension for hip extension)
- The Hip Thrust is regressive and can be used as an assessment and intervention for hip/lumbar dissociation
- Stop once it goes from hip extension to lumbar extension (patient education)
- It’s an unloaded, bodyweight movement
- It’s a simple movement – less complex than the hip hinge or squat
Overall it's a great exercise when performed correctly and in the right situation.