The lying hip thrust has a limited range of motion, but successfully targets the abdominals through flexion of the spine. By lifting the glutes off the ground and tilting the pelvis, we are shortening the distance between the pelvis and the ribcage, thus engaging the rectus abdominis (a.k.a. the “six-pack”).
Somewhat similar to the lying leg raise, the hip thrust excludes the lifting of the legs from the ground which primarily stimulates the hip flexors, and instead focuses on the recruitment of the abdominals.
The muscles of the abdomen, as well as the other muscles of the core, play an important role in sporting and athletic movements, as the core contracts to stabilise the trunk. Having a strong and powerful core is therefore a great asset for improved performance and injury prevention.