Barbell Glute Bridge

Beginner Level of Difficulty

The barbell glute bridge is a beginner level lower body exercise that targets the glutes and hamstrings.


Picture of Glutes


Gluteal Muscles (Glutes) are one of the strongest muscles in the body and are the connecting point between your legs and back muscles. Glutes are used in a variety of actions from moving the leg to extending and rotating the hip, as well as extending and rotating the trunk of the body.

Picture of Hamstrings


The hamstrings play a crucial role in many daily activities, such as, running, jumping, walking and cycling. Strengthening your hamstring muscles help to protect your knees from injury by absorbing the stress placed on the knee. Weak hamstrings can lead to knee injury.

Equipment Used

Picture of Barbell


A barbell is a piece of exercise equipment used in weight training, weightlifting and powerlifting. Barbells range in length from 4 feet (1.2 m) to 8 feet (2.4 m) and vary in diameter.

Exercise Instructions

barbell glute bridge - step 1

Step 1

Start on your back with both knees bent and the bar placed across the crease of your hips.

barbell glute bridge - step 2

Step 2

Lift your hips up off of the floor by driving your weight through your heels.

barbell glute bridge - step 3

Step 3

Fully contract your glutes and abs at the top of the bridge and lower your hips back down to the floor.