The best thing to do is to make sure those muscles are firing throughout the range of motion for all your lifts. It doesn’t matter if you’re doing a variation of squat or variation of deadlift. Just make sure they’re firing so that you can strengthen them. If you don’t feel them working then do some isolation work before the compound movement to warm them up.
The angle of pelvic tilt depends on which of the core muscles you’re using. They include your erectors, abs, hip flexors and gluteus medius. If your abs and glutes are very weak (or not used) and your hip flexors and/or erectors are very strong, you can have a tendency for tilting the pelvis forward. Ideally you want all these muscles contracting hard to keep your hips stable and your torso angle controlled. Just be aware of it and focus on this area in training. Remember to brace your abs as hard as possible because this is also very important. It definitely takes time to get all this down so don’t expect immediate results. It’ll take some time. Eventually it’ll become second nature and you’ll only think of getting everything tight.
When learning this, I found I had to concentrate harder on my glutes for back squat since it was easier to engage my hip flexors. For front squats it was easier to contract my glutes and harder to engage my hip flexors. Ideally you want all your core muscles working when transferring load through your hips. Hope that helps.[/quote]
Thanks for that explanation! I have noticed when I do exercises to “fire my glutes” before I workout I tend to have a MUCH better Front Squat/Deadlift sessions than if I don’t. I think my core/erectors have decent strength, but my glutes/hips are weak in comparison. Thanks for advice brotha, I’ll keep all of this in mind!