Stephen told us this is a unique exercise that creates constant tension on the joint (in this case, the hip). When you extend all the way through to full hip extension, the glutes are really activated, he said.
- Sitting on the floor with your legs extended, rest your back against a stable bench.
- Place a towel or shoulder cushion on the bar for comfort (optional). Roll the barbell over your thighs until the bar is directly above your hip joints.
- Brace your core. As you drive your heels into the ground, squeeze your glutes, lifting your hips up to full extension, meaning your hips are even with your knees.
- With control, lower back down to the ground. This is one rep.