Frequently Asked Questions
About the Hip Thruster
Why use the Hip Thruster?
The Hip Thruster is a standalone unit that enables the hip thrust exercise to be performed safely and comfortably. The Hip Thruster incorporates the bench within the unit. This ensures that the bench is secure and can’t move during the exercise. The unit has pins that enable the use of resistance bands, free weights, or a combination of bands and free weight in order to increase glute muscle activation, thereby maximizing tension on the glutes and producing a serious glute pump. We've tested every exercise out there, and there's simply no better way to activate and strengthen the glutes.
I don’t have much space available. Is there a smaller version?
The Hip Thruster is only made in one size. However, two wheels and a handle make it simple to move the Hip Thruster. When not it use it can be easily slid under a bed/car/other equipment or stood up on its end beside the wall so that it only takes up the height of the back rest floor space.
Is the back rest height adjustable?
The platform for the back is non-adjusting. The final design contained no adjusting or moving parts so that it would be much more robust, increasing the longevity of the Hip Thruster.
The back height has been determined as ideal for the vast majority of individuals, although a few people with shorter torsos find they need to start from a raised position. This is most easily achieved by slightly raising the barbell height and/or by sliding up into a starting position and then not touching the floor in the bottom position between each repetition.
Would it be better with a pivoting/rocking back pad?
We had a prototype with a pivoting/rocking/tilting back pad but in testing it felt strange to the lifters. Instead we have "cupped" the padding around the back pad so that it feels incredibly comfortable and natural when you hip thrust. By removing all moving parts from the final design the Hip Thruster unit also has less potential to be damaged during shipping and is more durable.
Why is the foot pad flat and not angled?
The angled foot pad is slightly better for hamstring activation, but it doesn't alter activation of the gluteus maximus muscle. The flat foot plate is more functional for barbell hip thrusting. It has also ensured that the unit is more cost-effective and replicates the thrusting position that most lifters already use.
How do I get into position in the unit? Do I need matting to raise the barbell off the floor?
Whether you need something under the barbell so that you can roll the barbell over your legs will depend on the height of the barbell off the floor and the height of your legs off the floor. It is worth noting that when sat within the unit you are sat on the floor. If you are currently able to roll the bar into position over your legs then it is likely that you could still do this when using the Hip Thruster.
There are several alternative solutions to getting into or out of the unit if you don't have matting to raise the barbell height. Bret Contreras has written several posts on this topic on his blog. You can find the main one by following this link: http://bretcontreras.com/get-bar-proper-position-hip-thrusts/
How many band pins does the Hip Thruster come with?
In addition to the fixed T-bar band pegs, the Hip Thruster product includes 2 extra pins/pegs so that you can attach your resistance bands to the unit by the footplate.
Do I need a particular brand of resistance band?
Many different resistance bands should work well with The Hip Thruster. So far we've only tested the large bands sold by Elitefts, Sorinex and Pullum Sports, so those are the only ones we can vouch for.
Do I need to use bar padding?
The need for bar padding is very dependent on personal preference and the pelvic anatomy of each individual. We find that some people need substantial amounts of padding on the bar while others can hip thrust with nothing at all.
What type of bar padding should I get?
The correct choice of bar padding depends on the individual and is most probably influenced by their bony pelvic anatomy. We find that some prefer the Airex Balance pad, some the squat sponge, and some the Hampton thick bar pad. In the UK, many also find the thick York barbell pad comfortable. Overall the squat sponge seems most popular but we find that some people seem fine with one type of bar pad while a different type of pad leaves them bruised. Some individuals also put a towel underneath the padding and find that this helps.
Is there a Hip Thruster training program?
There is not currently a specific training program written for use with the Hip Thruster.
Bret Contreras, inventor of the Hip Thruster, has co-authored a book called “Strong Curves: A Woman’s Guide to Building a Better Butt and Body” (available on Amazon) which contains glute training information relevant to both men and women.
Bret also runs a training program, Strong by Bret, where you can get total body strength training programs which include training for the glutes.
Both of these incorporate exercises involving the Hip Thruster so would be good places to start. You can find links to both on his website.
You can hip thrust quite frequently throughout the week and still recover and get stronger. When you receive your hip thruster unit, we recommend that you utilize variety in your training and incorporate various band, barbell, and single leg hip thrust exercises with different loads and rep ranges if possible in order to achieve the greatest results possible.
I've received my Hip Thruster. How do I put it together?
The assembly instructions can be viewed here.
Can I buy the Hip Thruster anywhere else?
At present we are the only retailer of Hip Thrusters, as it has been designed and patented by us.
I live in the USA/Canada. Can I purchase a Hip Thruster?
The Hip Thruster is available in the USA and Canada from our US website. Please click here to visit their site.
Do you offer wholesale discounts?
If you are ordering five or more Hip Thruster units or BC T-Bell units we offer a 15% discount, please contact us and tell us how many units you want to order. Depending on the destination, we are sometimes able to arrange a cheaper bespoke shipping solution on larger orders.
What payment options do you offer?
When you checkout, you will have the option to make your payment by credit or debit card, or by Paypal account. We offer Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Apple Pay, Paypal Express Checkout and Google Pay.
Shipping and delivery
How much does shipping cost?
Shipping starts from £49 per Hip Thruster unit for delivery to the UK and ROI. For all other destinations, prices start from £99 per unit.
We suggest adding all products you want to purchase into your cart and then use the shipping calculator to estimate the delivery charges as shipping rates vary depending on your purchase and delivery destination. To view the shipping calculator, please visit the Cart page.
Please contact us for specific queries.
How long will it take for my order to arrive?
Delivery of your Hip Thruster unit can take 4-6 weeks after placing your order as units are made to order. You will be sent an email with tracking details when your Hip Thruster is shipped to you.
Delivery of all other products typically takes 1 week within the UK and up to 3 weeks for other destinations, except when placed during a pre-order period or if you have been notified otherwise.
I placed my order with an incorrect shipping address. Can I change it?
We do need the correct shipping address to ensure your purchase arrives. The address entered will be included in your confirmation email address which you will receive after making your purchase. If you do use the wrong address please notify us as soon as you receive your order confirmation email or immediately after placing your order.
If your order does not subsequently arrive due to the omission of important information or an error in the shipping address then you will be liable for the re-shipping fees. In these cases, orders will be returned to us, once they have been safely received we can then arrange for a reshipment of your order.
How can I track the progress of my order?
On placing your order you will receive an order confirmation email. As soon as we receive your order we start the process of picking, packing and shipping your order. Once your order has shipped you will receive another email from us with your shipment confirmation, if you have paid for a tracked shipping service you will also receive your tracking information. This will allow you to track your order.
We offer both tracked and non-tracked shipping services, which can be chosen upon checkout. Please note, if you did not choose and pay for a tracked shipping service you will not receive tracking for your order.
Can I arrange shipment of a Hip Thruster product to a destination that you don't ship to?
Please contact us if you would like to ship to a destination that we currently don't ship me.
Some of our customers have successfully arranged shipment of a hip thruster to a destination that we do not currently provide a shipping solution for by arranging onward shipping from an intermediate destination. If you choose to do this, we strongly recommend that you seek the professional assistance of a freight forwarder rather than attempting to do it yourself. Failure to obtain the correct documentation for importing units into your country can lead to your unit being held by customs upon arrival. In the event that we are requested to ship a unit for you to an intermediate destination, please note that our responsibility for the safety of the product and its associated documentation ends with the arrival of that unit at the intermediate destination. We cannot accept responsibility for what happens to the unit when it is shipped by your shipping provider, nor can we provide any additional documentation for this stage of your shipping solution once the unit has reached the intermediate destination.
Cancellations and damaged products
Can I cancel my order once it is placed?
We sincerely hope that you are completely happy with your product, but please make a note of our refund and returns policy.
I’ve already placed an order but it hasn’t arrived yet. If I cancel it, will I still be charged the restocking fee?
Once you have placed your order with us it is passed to our manufacturer and will be in the process of being shipped. Once the build process has begun it is not possible for us to cancel the product shipment so we will need to charge you the 10% fee for restocking the item.
What happens if my Hip Thruster arrives damaged?
If the Hip Thruster unit arrives damaged, we will of course provide you with a replacement for the damaged parts. Please note that since the damage will likely have arisen during shipping, we need to provide our shipping company with evidence of the damage in a timely manner. Therefore, to receive a replacement free of charge, you must contact us to report the damage within 7 days of receipt of the unit and you must include photos of the damage and outside packaging. Items arriving showing any damage to the outside packaging should be signed for as "damaged". If you report any damage to us after 7 days of receiving the unit, or do not provide photos of the the damaged parts and packaging, we will need to charge you for the replacement parts and the associated shipping costs.
What happens if my Hip Thruster fails due to a defect?
If the unit arrives in good shape (no scratches, dents or defects), and later fails because of manufacturer's structural defect, contact us immediately, and we will replace the unit or part at our expense.