How to: The Glute Bridge Exercise/Irish Dance/Strength Training/Conditioning

The main aim when performing a glute bridge exercise is to lift the hips with your glute muscles. This strength training exercise is a great addition to every Irish dancer’s training program.  The glute bridge activates the glutes to improve hip stabilization and prevents the back from extending, which is ideal for Irish dancing.

Why should I include a glute bridge exercise into my program?

Every dancer whom I work with to date whether its online, private or in a group environment includes this exercise as part of their strength training program.  Now, as a partial argument you might say that you do Squats and Deadlifts and then ask why would I need to include a glute bridge exercise? Good question!

And the answer to that in simple terms is that squats and deadlifts do not maximise glute activation as much as glute bridges. If you don’t agree, don’t be afraid to leave a comment, I would be happy to discuss this with you in more detail.

Now that we are all on the same page and agree that glute bridges are important and must be included as part of your strength training routine, your next question is…

What are the advantages of strong glutes for Irish dancing?

To find out… check out my blog later this week!

Thank you for reading this short blog. I hope you find it helpful.

By Peter O’ Grady

Author of ‘Upping Your Step’. A training book for Irish dance.


Upping Your Step can be purchased on my website

(Picture) Irish Dancing Physical Fitness Workshops in Boston, United States.




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