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SoulCycle Trainer Demonstrates Full Body Butt Workout Exercise



Looking to change your workout or maximize as many muscle groups as possible? Ready the "drawbridge."

We're not talking about a medieval gate contraption – this drawbridge is an exercise trainer. Charlee Atkins, CSCS, uses for full-body routines. You might already know it by a different name; usually, this combo dumbbell move is just called the glute bridge and sweater, since that's exactly what you're doing.

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To get her clients more about the move, Atkins decided to go for a rebrand. "I ran a poll on Instagram, and a follower came up with the best name: drawbridge," Atkins says.

The new name does not change how effective the exercise can be, however. "Holding the glute bridge position is so powerful because it maximizes the lower body (and feels good on the hip flexors)," says Atkins. "Adding in the pullover (or the 'draw') makes the core work to stabilize the position."

To perform the drawbridge, all you need is a dumbbell and some space on the ground to spread out. Try this self-rolling yoga mat

  • Lay on the ground, holding the dumbbell at your chest with both hands cupping one end of the weight.
  • Come into a glute bridge, squeezing your core and glutes as you raise your hips. Keep your muscles tense throughout the exercise.
  • Extend your arms straight above your chest, raising the dumbbell.
  • Slowly lower the weight back over your head, keeping your elbows locked.
  • Raise the weight back up to the starting position, keeping your elbows locked.

    The drawbridge is not just a versatile move because it works so many muscles. So you can change the weight for different results. "You can do it with a heavy load," says Atkins. "I do it [with less weight] more for the full burn and tone."

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    Try adding a drawbridge to your next full-body workout session with 3 sets of 8 reps. Brett Williams
    Brett Williams is an associate fitness editor at Men's Health.


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