Bridge Pose Exercise Guide

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Bridge pose is a versatile backbend that stretches the hip flexors and opens up the shoulders and chest. Practicing this pose can help restore posture, strengthen the body, improve circulation and help provide overall relaxation.

Bridge Pose

How to do Bridge Pose

Exercise

Lay on the floor with your knees bent to the sky and your feet under your knees, near to your Glutes. Have your arms flat to the floor along side your body. Pull your belly button to your spine, tuck your tailbone forward to your heels, and then peel your spine off the floor, one vertebrae at a time, lifting your hips up as far as you can. Slowly lower when ready.

Once in the pose it can be tempting just to ‘hang out’. Instead, continually push your feet down into the floor to activate the quadriceps (front of thighs) and ensure the belly stays active.

Modifications

  • When you have tight hips, place a block under your lower back right above your tailbone and encourage all of your weight to settle on the block. It would also include pelvis protection.

  • When you have loose knees, hold your hands across your body with palms pressing into the floor instead of clasped beneath your chest.

  • When you're new to Bridge pose, you should put a yoga block or pillow underneath your sacrum (the portion of your lower back right above your tailbone) for further help.

  • For more of a stretch, change your Bridge stance so you're leaving your knees loose while just use your leg muscles to raise your thighs.

Exercise Benefits

  • Leg Strength

  • Chest Strength

  • Back Strength

Illustrated Guide

Learn how to do bridge pose from this step-by-step illustrations:

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Muscles Worked

The muscles used for bridge pose may change slightly based on the your trained range of motion and technique, but in the most general case, the muscles used for bridge pose are:

Primary Muscles

  • Traps
  • Hamstrings
  • Quadriceps
  • Glutes
  • Lats

Synergyst Muscles

  • Deltoids
  • Front Deltoids
  • Side Deltoids

Frequently Asked Questions

What muscles does Bridge Pose work?
Bridge Pose works traps, hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes, lats.
What is Bridge Pose good for?
Bridge Pose is beneficial . It works the best for back, buttocks, hips, legs, lower body, neck, shoulders, upper back, upper body and upper legs, as it works traps, hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes, lats. Bridge Pose is a great none exercise for men, men over 50, women and women over 50.
Is Bridge Pose a good exercise?
Bridge Pose is a popular none exercise for traps, hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes, lats.

Training, Progressions and Regressions

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Bridge Pose Training and Progressions

Standards and Averages

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Bridge Pose Standards and Averages

Alternatives

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Bridge Pose Alternatives

Variations

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Bridge Pose Variations