There is no policy against placing demonstrative links of course but there is a policy against links to biotest central. Long story. We can leave them up for comic relief, though Dev. Because I couldn't get halfway through without laughing!
Look up "Goldman Sachs" on Google and you can find stories of how they released 2.5 billion pages of material to a financial inquiry committee after being asked for documentation. This reminded me of that! Anytime someone says that they know more about something than anyone on the planet get clued in. This is known as "miraculous knowledge", not just the idea that you could know so much about things but the idea that you could also know what everybody else knows and doesn't know. Anyway..that is such a silly and counterproductive piece of work it is comical, as I said before. Look at a cost benefit analysis. Do you want to exercise your glutes or lift heavy things? Studying and analyzing every possible glute function and then engaging in some sort of hyper-analyses to try to incorporate every known function of it makes sense in a superficial way only. I cannot believe he went through all that auto biographical clap trap so he could talk about bird dogs, glute bridges and an bunch more 'lying down' exercises.
Unless you lift weights in your sleep this is just silly. While adding some resistance to those hip thrusts certainly is logical in terms of…um, adding difficulty all the talk about "glute function" attached to that? Think about what having both ends anchored from behind when you thrust your hips has to do with movement. That exercise with the barbell is ridiculous.
I swear though if one more person at TNation calls themselves the "glute guy" or the "ass master" we'll have an epidemic.
I've seen his blog and he admits to "over-complicating" and "over-thinking" things but claims that "brilliant" things sometimes come out of that. Critical thinking is NOT about over-thinking and over-complicating. Not even close. It is quite the opposite. Muddy and complicated thinking process results in muddy and complicated results and nothing brilliant just falls out by accident. This is overcomplicated and overthought. Training is results oriented. We train movements. So the simple question becomes, if we ARE training for maximal strength, does this help me in some way to lift heavier, and if so, what are the costs versus the benefits? Is there a simple more direct way? Is there a safer way? Do I really want to have strong glutes or do I want to lift heavy? Etc and so on. The whole thing got away from the importance of glute strength and strong hip extension to an obsession over glute strength for glute strength's sake, imo.
You cannot plan training based on EMG's. Every time someone "reinvents the wheel" based on EMG studies it comes to stuff like this. But really, I don't care whether someone uses this or not and just because I do not think a tool is useful, or even if I think it may be a mistake, does not mean I'm going to go on a mission to stamp it out.
I am aware that Charles Poliquin criticized this exercise with caused him to go on a tirade in an article, full of bile and rage over some "guru" criticizing his methods. I'm not fan of Poliquan but to make that big a deal out of one tool, one exercise, is just silly. So, to Brett, if this "gets back to you" you can go ahead and criticize any exercise I've ever recommended! I promise not to say a word and you can feel better. Damn I wish Poliquin would attack me so that a bunch of people whom I've never met can send me emails to ignore. Then I can say that lots and lost of people send me emails about training. The traffic boost would be nice as well.