What is a Glute Bridge?

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The glute bridge is a lower body exercise that targets the glutes, hamstrings and hip extensor muscles by extending the hips against resistance.


  • To perform a glute bridge: Lie on back with knees bent, arms at sides. Push through heels to raise hips up into a straight line, squeezing glutes. Hold briefly then lower back down.
  • Adding weight like a barbell across hips increases resistance and activation in the glutes and posterior chain.
  • Bridges build strength and size in the glutes, improve hip mobility, and help correct muscle imbalances that cause back pain.
  • Keep core braced, and avoid overarching lower back. Use controlled form without pushing through toes.


  • Bodyweight glute bridges
  • Barbell hip thrusts
  • Single leg glute bridges

Related Terms

  • Hip extension, hip thrust, posterior chain, gluteus maximus

Common Questions

  • How many glute bridges should I do? 2-4 sets of 10-20 bridges 2-3x per week works well.
  • What muscles do glute bridges work? Primarily the glutes, hamstrings and lower back.

Do Not Confuse With

  • Hip abduction – Working glutes from the side vs. extending hips.
  • Squats – Similar glute workout but also hits quads.
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