To get a better workout for your butt, hips,thighs, and hamstrings, you can do elevated lunges like I'm doing here.But to get yourself set up to do elevated lunges, you need to start offwith your feet about one and a half to two foot lengths behind the box orthe platform you're using to do the elevated lunges on. Once you are in the starting position, getyour dumbbells and do elevated lunges like this. As you're doing lunges,make sure you keep your head up and look straight ahead. Although this exerciseis called a lunge, you
don't want to lunge forward as you squat down.You want to squat straight up and straight down by keeping your kneesbehind your toes. So, do not let the knee of the elevated leg glide over yourtoes. You want to squat down as far as you can untilthe knee of the leg that's not elevated touches the floor. Make sureyou come down slow enough so your knee only touches the floor. Don't come downso fast that you bang or hurt your knee on the floor. Make sure you do thisexercise on both legs. You want to keep your heels flat on the platformor box at all times while
doing this exercise. If you can't keep yourheels flat, use a lower platform or do regular lunges instead of elevatedlunges. If you want to get an even better butt workoutdoing elevated lunges, focus more on pushing through your heels by curlingup your toes slightly. Another thing you can do for a better buttworkout doing elevated lunges is to pause at the bottom for two to three secondsbefore squatting back up. One more option for getting a better buttworkout is to do elevated lunges on a higher platform. Instead of doing yourelevated lunges on a fiveinch
step, for example, you can better butt workoutdoing elevated lunges on higher five to teninch step or platform.
Low Back Pain Relief ONE MOVE
What's up, guysé Jeff Cavaliere, AthleanX . Today I'm going to try to help you to getrid of that low back pain once and for all. You see, you've got to start understandingwhat's causing the low back pain in the first place to really be able to conquer it. I think a lot of times the advice that peoplethat suffer from back pain get is just misdirected, and misguided. They're looking at the locationof the pain without actually looking for the source of the pain and unless you get to thesource you're never going to get rid of the pain once and for all.
So today I'm going to show you an exercisethat you'll want to start doing and I'll give you different levels of progression dependingon how acute your back pain is. Okay, first of all, if you're dealing witha really bad back that doesn't even allow you to move at the moment, you're not supposedto be in the gym exercising. What you're supposed to be doing is allowingthat to heal, calm down, and control the inflammation. If you're beyond that though and it's moreof a chronic problem keeping you out of the gym or making the gym training sessions uncomfortablethen you've got to start with an exercise and start training those weak spots.
99% of the time what's causing low back painis a weakness in a joint below that. In this case it could be the hips. It could be weakhips and glutes that are basically putting you in the position to be compromised in yourlow back. So what we do is, we have a setup here, and in this setup you see all I needis a barbell and a band. The band I have anchored to the back of thissquat rack. However you anchor it, I have it on the back of some pins. Now I'm goingto get myself in position here behind the band and I'm not going to worry necessarilyabout the bar just yet, especially if this is something that you're not in an acute stage,but you still have quite a bit of back pain
and weakness. You get yourself into the bend and you justwalk forward. It kind of blocks your progression to the cage. Now what you want to do is, youwant to position the band right across the crease that happens right here in your hips,okayé Because the first thing it wants to do is teach you what a hip hinge is. Most of us that have weak backs don't' reallyknow how to hinge correctly. It would feel like moving me into this position here â€“ it'sjust pulling me back and when I let the resistance take over it pulls me back into a proper hiphinge. It's taking me at the hips and bending
me right at those creases here right at thetop of my hips. If I were to put this higher, like againstmy stomach, and I lean forward allowing this to take me back that actually has me foldover the band. Right now I'm pulling myself into a flex position which is going to causeproblems for us that have low back pain. First thing, up here, now I walk forward. Now all I do is, I allow it to hinge me andthen I come back against the resistance of the band. Squeezing my glutes as hard as Ipossibly can and also extending here, staying up nice and tall, to extend to the low back.So now we're tying together the glutes and
the low back which are supposed to work together.They're both extending us. They're both bringing up back in this direction.We need them to be able to work in concert with each other. Most of us don't have glutesworking at all so then the low back tries to accomplish that. The other thing you couldsee that would happen is, if I don't have the ability to extend because I don't havestrong glutes â€“ so I can't extend â€“ I start to have this posture where I fall forwardbecause I'm not extending through the hips. The more I fall forward, the more responsibilityis taken over by the low back and that's trying to hold me up. You know what Doing that 24hours a day, minus our sleeping time, is too
Best Glute Exercises For Mass The Barbell Hip Thrust
Hey what's up guys, Sean Nalewanyj here, BodyTransformationTruth ,and in this tutorial I'm going to be teaching you how to do, what is pretty widely regardedas the very best direct glute exercise available, and that is the hip thrust, and more specificallyI'll be showing you the barbell hip thrust variation which is the most commonly usedversion and the one that I typically recommend first. So basic lower body compound exerciseslike squats and deadlifts and leg presses etcetera. these definitely do hit your gluteseffectively, but for people who want to build up their glutes to their maximum size andstrength potential, you do need to be including some direct glute training in your plan aswell and that's because the standard leg
exercises that are going to be used in mostbodybuilding programs, these exercises don't allow for full extension of your hip joint,which is the primary function that the glutes perform. So squatting down to parallel orperforming a leg press or a set of stifflegged deadlifts, these do involve hip extension,but not through the full possible range of motion. Also keep in mind that direct glutetraining will benefit you beyond just basic improvements in strength and appearance, italso plays a role in boosting up your squatting strength, improving your deadlifting lockoutpower, improving sprinting speed, and just all around totalbody functioning. So, I wouldn'tsay that direct glute training is mandatory,
but if building up the size and strength ofyour glutes is something that you're specifically aiming for, then again, you do need some directwork and the barbell hip thrust would be my top recommendation. Hip thrusts put your bodyinto the best position to allow for full hip extension and to help you get the deepestcontraction in your glutes possible. Now these do look a little bit weird and you might feelslightly embarrassed performing them at first, I know that I usually get at least one confusedlook from someone at the gym pretty much every time that I do these, but if reaching yourtraining goals is more important to you than a few awkward stares, then this is the liftthat you need to be doing for your glutes.
So let's go over the proper form and technique,because it's very important that you do these correctly in order to make sure thatit's your glutes that are doing the bulk of the work, as well as to minimize the stresson your lower back as well. So, you're going to start by sitting perpendicular againsta flat bench and rolling a loaded barbell into the crease of your hips. Position yourfeet about shoulder width apart or slightly wider, with your toes pointing either straighthead or just slightly outward. Grab the bar using an overhand grip just outside of yourhips and wedge your midback into the bench. Keep your head in a neutral position, keepyour chest and your ribcage flat rather than
puffed out, and keep your lower back neutralrather than arched, and from there just press through your heels and drive yourself up untilyour hips are fully extended and your torso is about parallel to ground Really focus onengaging your glutes as much as possible on each rep and always make sure to drive theweight up under smooth control without any jerky movements or excessive use of momentum.Once you reach the top of the movement, pause briefly and consciously contract your gluteswith force before lowering yourself back down again. Now you can either go all the way downuntil the plates touch the floor, or you can stop midair before performing your next rep.Also keep in mind that the specific distance
that you place your feet away from the benchwill depend on your individual body structure as well as your limb length, and your goalshould be to just find whatever distance causes your shins to be either vertical or just slightlyangled backward once you reach full hip extension at the top of the movement. Now if you'rejust starting out with this exercise then you'll likely find it to be pretty uncomfortableto have the bar directly pressing against your hips, in which case you'll want toplace a pad or a towel around the bar to make it more comfortable, however, just keep inmind that you'll probably find that after several weeks of consistent hip thrustingthe discomfort will decrease by quite a bit