I’m back from an amazing weekend in Seattle where I attended the NorthEast Seminars 2012 Hip & Spine Symposium on Fri & Sat, which is where I shot today’s video on how foot positioning affects muscle activation in various Hip bridge Exercise variations.

Not only did I attend a great conference this weekend; this past Sunday I also had the honor of teaching a 7-hour workshop on Hybrid Program Design at Luka Hocevar’s Vigor Ground Performance Center in Renton, WA.

Check out this high-energy video of how they get group fat loss training done at Vigor Ground Performance Center!

Hip Bridges: How to get Maximal Glute and Hamstring Activation

One of the presenters at the Hip & Trunk Symposium was Dr. Rafael Escamilla, who shared his extensive research on various exercises and lifts, which I thought was great to have at a Physical Therapy conference.

Interestingly enough, he’s the guy who did the abs exercise research, which I used/referenced for the Pike Roll Out.

In his presentation, Dr. Esacamilla gave us his EMG research findings on how foot positioning (Feet flat or Dorsiflexed) affects muscle activation in the glutes, hamstrings and quads during a variety of hip bridge exercise variations.

Check out the video below as Dr. Esacmilla was kind enough to give us our own private seminar on his Hip Bridge exercise EMG research findings, which will help you to better understand what foot positions to use on certain bridge variations to increase muscle activation in the areas where you want it.

Dr. Escamilla serves as Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at California State University, Sacramento, and before that as Professor in the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center.  He has published over 50 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and written numerous book chapters in sports medicine related textbooks.   He has given over 100 professional presentations at scientific conferences. You can check out his research published in JOSPT here.

Go here to get info on attending the 2012 NES Hip & Trunk SymposiumOctober 12 – 13, 2012 in Chicago, IL. And, on November 2 – 3, 2012 in Costa Mesa, CA