Bridge Exercise Guide

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Bridge is a bodyweight exercise that works your glutes.

Bridge is a great basic move. When done correctly, it can effectively target your buttocks, legs and lower body.

It requires no equipment to do.

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How to do Bridge


The bridge exercise is a great exercise to help build and maintain core strength

Start out lying on your back with your knees bent with your foot down on the concrete.

Lift up your knees off the floor as you pull your abs in to hold your glutes close.

Keep the place for a count then return back to the top.

Repeat with as many sets as needed.

Illustrated Guide

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

Bridge 1
Bridge 2

Muscles Worked

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

Primary Muscles

  • Glutes

Synergyst Muscles

Frequently Asked Questions

What muscles does Bridge work?
Bridge works glutes.
What is Bridge good for?
Bridge is beneficial for conditioning and to strengthen. It works the best for buttocks, legs and lower body, as it works glutes. Bridge is a great bodyweight exercise for men, men over 50, women and women over 50.
Is Bridge a good exercise?
Bridge is a popular bodyweight exercise for glutes.

Training, Progressions and Regressions

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Bridge Training and Progressions

Standards and Averages

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Bridge Standards and Averages


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Bridge Alternatives


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Bridge Variations

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Type(s) Bodyweight, Calisthenic, Strength, Isolated
Muscles Worked Gluteus
Difficulty Level(s) Basic, Easy
Equipment No Equipment
Location At Gym, At Home, Outdoor

Muscles Worked

Target muscle(s) Glutes
Synergyst muscle(s)

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