I am new for glute bridges and hip thrusts. I am doing glute bridges and hip thrust with a random comfortable stance but I want to make sure I am safely executing the glute bridges with right foot stance and foot angle.

For example, I am executing squats with 30-degree foot angle with a shoulder width stance. Deadlifts with 15-degree foot angle with a hip width stance. What is the formula for hip thrusts and glute bridges?

Note: I know this depends on the person’s build. Just consider an average person with average torso/leg length rate.


A good starting point (for any of the lifts you mentioned) is being where the femur is stacked directly on top of the tibia.

For example, the knees are inside the feet here:

hip thrust knees inside feet

While here the knees are outside the feet:

Hip Thrust knees outside feet

(Note I'm being very picky with the images above, but they're all I found with a quick look, and you can imagine the knees being further in or out. Images found on this page.)

While this is much more true in the squat or deadlift, sometimes moving the feet around will more easily allow the person to have the shin and thigh better aligned. Turning the feet out, or widening the feet from one another, may work better for some than others.

In general, for the hip thrust, somewhere between hip and shoulder width works well, feet maybe pointed out a little.

Lastly, while particularly in a squat you want to pay close attention to where the knees are, this isn't much an issue in the hip thrust. In fact, some purposely move their knees / legs around just to try and hit the glutes differently. Knee health isn't, and to be simply doesn't need to be, much of a factor, since the load isn't on top of the knees like in a squat.

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