Muscle Activation in Hip-Extensor Exercises

by Yann Le Meur, PhD
Other May 2017


This study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research compared the muscle activation level of the gluteus maximus, biceps femoris, and erector spinae in the hip thrust, barbell deadlift, and hex bar deadlift; each of which are compound resisted hip-extension exercises.


The barbell deadlift was superior in activating the biceps femoris compared to the hex bar deadlift and hip thrust; whereas, the hip thrust provided the highest gluteus maximus activation.

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