The bridge exercise is one the best exercises ever. I say this because one of the muscles that tends to be weak on most people are the glutes, aka: butt. When we talk about the butt, we generally speak of the muscles that help you to stand up from a chair. Those butt muscles include the: gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, hamstrings & adductor magnus. Don’t worry; I will not get anymore technical with you than this!
One of the best exercises to work the butt muscles is an exercise called the bridge. The bridge can be done by just about any person as it is a beginner core exercise. Let us discuss three benefits that come from doing the bridge.
It Helps to Stabilize Your Butt
We sit a lot. Sitting for long periods of time does not allow our butt muscles to work properly. Eventually, prolonged periods of sitting leads to our butt muscles having a hard time working like they use to. As a result, they become less stable. This means that they are not ready to do its job of helping you to stand and do other activities. If your butt is not stable, then you could potentially injure yourself or cause another muscle (like your piriformis) to work more than it should. Well, the great thing about the bridge exercise is that it can help get your butt back working again. It does this because it is specifically designed to extend (lengthen) your hips. The butt is a major hip extender!
It Helps to Prevent Lower Back Pain
Another issue that could result from weak butt muscles is low back pain. If your butt muscles are not stable or weak, they could change the position of your pelvis. Changing the position of pelvis could put stress on your lower back and force it to work unintentionally when it should be stabilizing your pelvis and hips too. By bridging, you are getting your butt muscles firing, stable and stronger while at the same time reducing the work that the lower back was doing. So, the bridge exercise helps to properly stabilize your hips and reduce the amount of work being done by your lower back.
Assists in Helping to Stretch the Hip Flexor Muscles
Unlike the butt muscles that shut down when we sit for long periods of time, the hip flexor muscles are working overtime. The hip flexor muscles, aka: psoas, TFL and rectus femoris to name a few, are all working more than they should when we sit all day. However, by doing the bridge exercise, you can help to stretch those muscles and return them back to their normal length. This is accomplished because while in the bridge, you are lifting your butt in the air. By default (or at least it should be by default), those opposite muscles, aka: hip flexors, will lengthen (or stretch).
The bridge exercise is truly a functional exercise that is very good for stabilizing your pelvis and butt while at the same time reducing stress to your low back and hip. It should be a part of just about everyone’s core exercise routine. If you would like help learning how to bridge, please contact us today for a free consultation!