As you can imagine, a strong, toned rear has major benefits! Aside from making any bikini or pair of jeans look fabulous, strong glutes play a vital role in sports performance, injury prevention and day to day body function. One of my favorite ways to strengthen those muscles is the always reliable bridge.
Here are five reasons why we do bridges.
- Reduce knee and back pain.
The posterior chain (glutes and hamstrings) tend to get neglected. Whether it’s daily activities or high-intensity workouts, the quadriceps usually takeover and do most of the work. Unfortunately, this pattern results in tight IT bands, which can lead to knee and back pain because the dominance of one muscle over another can lead to injury. Luckily, bridges full engage that posterior chain, evening out muscle use.
- Improve athletic performance.
Strong glutes are a key factor when it comes to producing power. Power is what aids all athletic movements. Strengthening the glutes will helps you sprint faster, jump higher and be more explosive on the court or field.
- Your clothes will fit better.
A high, toned, rounded rear looks great in any situation, and the stronger your glutes, the better their shape will be. Bridges — especially weighted bridges — give you major definition. Don’t be afraid to lift heavier weight if you’re doing a weighted version of the move … it’ll just give you better tone and a firmer backside!
- Strengthen your core.
The bridge exercise activates all the core muscles, including the transverse abdominous (flattens your core), rectus abdominous (six pack!) and obliques (hourglass figure). Performing any variation of a bridge works these muscles deeply, tightening everything up in one easy move.
- Improve your posture.
Bridge builds strength in the glutes and erector spinae, which help you maintain proper posture when you’re sitting or standing for an extended period of time. The move also strengthens the core which always helps with posture.