Bret Contreras: Why Training Glutes Is So Important
This week, Rob had an intense, one-on-one conversation with Founder of The Glute Lab, Inventor of The Hip Thruster, and Author of many books including Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy, Bret Contreras.
They covered everything from Bret’s career and the importance of being authentic online to why training your glutes is so important and how to live a healthy life that you love.
On This Episode with Bret Contreras:
- The 3 areas he’s always striving to improve and prioritize at different times: personal fitness, business, and mental wellbeing.
- The fact that babies have to first learn functional movement such as how to engage their glutes and do a bridge before they can crawl.
- His process for helping people create individual workout programs.
- Standard exercises for strengthening your legs.
- Facts and myths about fat and muscle.
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Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy
by Bret Contreras
Increase strength, build mass, burn fat, and define your muscles. With full-color anatomical illustrations, step-by-step instructions, and training advice, Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy is the authoritative resource for sculpting your physique without free weights, machines, or expensive equipment.
Targeting all muscle zones and primary muscle regions—arms, chest, shoulders, back, core, thighs, glutes, and calves—Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy presents 156 of the most effective bodyweight exercises that can be performed anytime, anywhere. With expert advice from renowned strength trainer Bret Contreras, you’ll learn how to modify, combine, and sequence exercises to ramp up your routine and avoid plateaus.
In depth yet practical, Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy takes you inside every exercise through stunning anatomical artwork that reveals primary muscles worked along with the relevant surrounding structures, including bones, ligaments, and tendons.
Whether you are just beginning your quest for a better body or simply seeking a proven approach for training at home, on the road, or on the go, Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy is a one-of-a-kind resource that you’ll refer to again and again.
About Bret Contreras
Personal trainer, speaker, author and inventor, Bret Contreras is considered to be the world’s foremost expert on glute training. He is the Founder of The Glute Lab, Inventor of The Hip Thruster, and Author of various articles and books including
Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy. Bret has his PhD in Sports Science and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
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What You’ll Hear on This Episode With Bret Contreras
00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction
1:15 Opening comments with Rob and Devon
1:30 Check out our previous guest interview: Building Body Confidence with the Fit Bottomed Girls – Ep. 236
2:00 The importance of really focusing on yourself 100% when you’re sick so that you can heal quickly.
3:30 Devon’s chicken soup recipe!
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9:00 Introduction to Bret Contreras
12:00 Various articles he has written, how his views on training has changed, and what he has learned over the years.
17:00 Regrets about what he has written in past articles including the glute myth.
20:00 His love for learning and how he’s always digging for the right answers when he or someone is wrong about something.
21:50 The amount of fake people out there on social media and how to tell when someone is being authentic or not.
23:50 How he cares about his followers and wants to inspire and make them feel good rather than make them feel bad.
24:30 How he focuses on following his own standards and no one else’s to be true to the life he wants to live.
26:00 The 3 areas he’s always striving to improve and prioritize at different times: personal fitness, business, and mental wellbeing.
37:00 The fact that babies have to first learn functional movement such as how to engage their glutes and do a bridge before they can crawl.
42:00 His process for helping people create individual workout programs.
47:30 The truth about women’s quads and how to get them strong and lean.
49:30 Standard exercises for strengthening your legs.
51:00 Facts and myths about fat and muscle.
55:00 How to be your most authentic self online – Bret’s Dos and Don’ts.
1:01:00 How to be a good sport during physique competitions and be proud of your progress.
1:05:00 Why we shouldn’t body shame other people.
1:08:00 How to live a healthy life you love enjoying your favorite things will being healthy still.
1:13:00 The importance of always staying humble no matter how much success you achieve or how popular you become as a personal trainer.
1:18:00 Being open-minded but skeptical as a researcher and professional to new facts and studies plus admitting when you were wrong to be honest and build trust.
1:25:00 Final comments with Rob and Devon
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1:31:40 Open Sky Fitness Closing
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