Hip thrusts are a great way to work on the fundamental hip hinge pattern as well as an absolute glute killer! However, as @barbellrehab points out, they can also be used to facilitate a posterior pelvic tilt to help remedy the feeling of “tight” hamstrings! If you haven’t added hip thrusts into your glute routine yet, get on it and get moving!
The feeling of “tight” hamstrings seems to be a common problem in the worlds of physical therapy and athletic performance. How many people, however, continually stretch their hamstrings with little results? They still feel tight! Instead of endlessly stretching “tight” hamstrings, I’m more concerned with WHY they feel tight. When the hamstrings are “tight” they are often compensating for a problem elsewhere.
Often, many people with poor anterior core control and weak glutes live in a position of excessive anterior pelvic tilt. This posture promotes the hamstrings as the prime hip extensors instead of the glutes and also puts a constant, low-load stretch on the hamstrings as well. When a muscle is overused, and on constant stretch, its natural reaction is to reflexively tighten! To remedy the situation, employ exercises the train the glutes’ function to extend the hips and POSTERIORY tilt the pelvis. Enter the barbell hip thrust! By promoting a posterior pelvic tilt instead of lumbar hyperextension at end-range, this exercise represents a fantastic way to optimize pelvic positioning by promoting the glutes as the prime hip extensors and possibly reducing the feeling of “tight” hamstrings!