With so much focus growing glutes with squats, studies show they're not the holy grail to growing a perky booty.
A: Well, going by social media, you’d think so, wouldn’t you? Luckily, there’s been some research. A recent study compared the back squat to the barbell hip thrust by measuring the electromyographic (EMG) activity of the glutes, hamstrings and quads during each of the two exercises. The subjects were 13 trained women who completed each exercise for 10 rep maxes.
The researchers, led by Bret ‘The Glute Guy’ Contreras, found that the barbell hip thrust actually stimulated the glutes and hamstrings more than the squat did. As for the quads, there were no significant differences between the exercises.
Squats are obviously very important for a whole range of reasons, but if you or your partner are seeking an improved rear view, make sure you’re including hip-thrusts too.
Photo: Roland Balik
Model: Janet Layug