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Bret Contreras

The Lower Body Foundation

In the two videos below, Bret Contreras, The Glute Guy, demonstrates the 3 basic movements that form the foundation for lower body exercise.  These are:

  1. The Box Squat
  2. The Hip Hinge (or Romanian Deadlift)
  3. The Glute Bridge

These movements are absolutely essential to learn properly, to ensure that your form is correct.  Doing big lifts with poor form is a recipe for stalling your progress, or worse still, injuring yourself.

If you’re a beginner to working out, you should practice these movements over and over until they become second nature, and then you can progressively add weight as you feel comfortable.  That way you’ll have a pretty good chance of developing excellent form.

Even if you’re already utilizing these movements in your workouts, try running through these bodyweight versions anyhow, just to check that your form really is as good as it should be. You may well find some flaws that you can then work on correcting!

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Fabian Colussi is a women's Bikini and Figure competition coach for natural athletes, certified personal trainer and gym instructor, and women's fitness consultant. He also has a background in martial arts, is an NLP Master Practitioner, and has a certification in Hypnotherapy. Fabian is a co-owner and co-founder of Million Dollar Baby Fitness.

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