You know you've made this face at the gym before.

By Faith Brar
December 13, 2019

Sarah Hyland spent her Thursday morning working her butt off, quite literally. In a series of Instagram Stories, the Modern Family star gave fans a sneak peek into her workout, which featured moves like plank dips, plank holds, and seated cable lat pull-downs. But the performer also showcased her lower-body strength with an advanced version of barbell hip thrusts.

In an IG Story video, the actress is seen cranking out her reps with a resistance band and a 30-pound barbell over her hips like it's NBD. Nearly halfway through the set, she's heard asking her trainer if she's supposed to complete 10 reps. Turns out, he actually asked her to do 20 reps.

Bursting into a fit of nervous giggles, Hyland keeps going, maintaining perfect form, no less. (Related: Watching Kate Upton Do 225-Pound Hip Lifts Is the Motivation You Need)

Credit: Instagram/@sarahhyland

ICYDK, barbell hip thrusts are actually one of the best butt exercises you can do. Not only is it a gentler way to train your glutes, but research conducted by Bret Contreras, Ph.D., C.S.C.S. (aka the "Glute Guy" and OG creator of the barbell hip thrust) suggests that hip thrusts may recruit more muscle fibers in the glutes compared to squats. While this doesn't necessarily mean hip thrusts are superior to squats, the former may be your best bet if you're looking to activate your glutes, specifically.

In addition to engaging your glutes, hamstrings, and hip flexors, hip thrusts also fire up your core, lower back, abdominals, and obliques. So it's a win-win move overall.

Even though for a moment it seems that Hyland makes this move look easy, don't be fooled. In her next IG Story video, she reassures fans that it is in fact "very hard," adding that her face in the next video says it all. And that it does:

Credit: Instagram/@sarahhyland

Ready to put your booty to work like Hyland? Here are 5 more ways to build bigger, stronger glutes that have nothing to do with squats.


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