Dr. Bret Contreras, aka “The Glute Guy,” is the creator of the hip thrust exercise and an expert in all things hip extension. Bret wears many hats, including personal trainer, sought-after speaker, blogger, researcher, author, and inventor. He is the founder of Booty by Bret and the owner of The Glute Lab, a premier strength and physique gym in San Diego, CA.
Dr. Contreras received a master’s degree from Arizona State University and later a Ph.D. in sports science/biomechanics from Auckland University of Technology. He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with Distinction from the National Strength & Conditioning Association. Contreras, an Arizona native, spent six years working as a high school math teacher prior to his career in performance and training.
Bret goes deep into his specialty of training glutes and hip extension in this episode. He answers questions on how to develop strength and explosiveness in the glutes to not only look better but improve speed. His knowledge in that area gives him a high-level expertise on exactly how to train hip extension for improved athletic development and transfer.
In this podcast, Dr. Bret Contreras discusses with Joel:
- His background and what led to his current role as “The Glute Guy.”
- Optimal movements and loads for athletic development.
- What insight EMG testing gives us into hip extension.
- What hamstring exercise will help reduce injury.
- The use of internal cues for weight training.
- Vertical and horizontal forces in sprinting.
Bret can be found at bretcontreras.com.
Podcast total run time is 1:53:25.
Keywords: hip extension, glutes, speed development, cueing