All Good Exercises
The exercises you listed all are good exercise that work the glutes and hamstrings.
However, these exercises work a different part of the Glute “Strength Curve” than “Glute Bridge” type exercises.
Here is the breakdown on the…
Three Types of Strength Curves
- Ascending Strength Curve: Exercise in this category are hard at the bottom and easy at the top. That means the lower part of the exercise overload the muscles in the bottom range of the movement and underload the muscles at the top part, finishing part of the movement.
Examples: Deadlifts and Good Mornings
- Bell Shaped Strength Curve: Exercise in this category are easy in the first part of the movement, hard in the middle range, and easy at the top. This means the muscles are overloaded in the middle range of the movement and underloaded at the start and end.
Example: 45 Degree Hip/Back Extension.
- Descending Strength Curve: Exercise are easy at the beginning and middle range of the movement and hard at the end.
Example: 90 Degree Hip Back Extension and Glute Bridge.
Cable Pull Through
This exercise falls into the Descending Strength category. The beginning and middle part of the Pull Through is unde Drloaded, the end range is overloaded.
Thus, the loading pattern is the same for the Pull Through as for the Glute Bridge.
To complete the top end lockout in the Deadlift requires strong glute top end strength. You need to drive your glutes through, as you do with Descending Hip Extension Exercises: Glute Bridges, Pull Through’s, 90 Degree Hip/Back Extensions, etc.
[quote]Yeah, I guess your right about glute bridges being a decent exercise to add to the mix. I just don’t see why it’s any more special than other options available.
Descending Strength Curve Hip Extension Exercises
The Glute Bridge is one option. However, it is not the only Descending Hip Extension Strength Curve Exercise.
I personally don’t like it. My personal favorite is the 90 Degree Hip Extension Back Raise.
The Take Home Message
Some type of Descending Hip Extension Strength Curve should be incorporated into your training program at some time.
There are various choices. Incorporate one that you like from time to time.