Exercise Profile
  • Target Muscle Group
  • Exercise TypeStrength
  • Equipment RequiredOther
  • MechanicsIsolation
  • Force TypePull (Bilateral)
  • Experience LevelAdvanced
  • Secondary Muscles
    Abs, Calves, Glutes
Target Muscle Group


Hamstrings Muscle Anatomy Diagram

Plate Resisted Glute Ham Raise Overview

The plate resisted glute ham raise is a variation of the glute ham raise and an exercise used to strengthen the muscles of the hamstrings.

Holding onto the plate increases the difficulty of the exercise by adding load to what is typically a bodyweight only exercise.

Glute ham raises are a great alternative to the leg curl and an exercise that can help improve deadlift and squat strength.

Plate Resisted Glute Ham Raise Instructions

  1. Set up in a GHD with your knees bent, hips extended, and torso upright.
  2. Hold a plate at your chest as you straighten your legs while keeping your hips extended.
  3. Continue until your body is in a straight line and parallel to the floor.
  4. Pull yourself back to the starting position using your hamstrings.
  5. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Plate Resisted Glute Ham Raise Tips

  1. You should feel this primarily through your glutes and hamstrings. If you’re getting a lower back pump then odds are, you’re dealing with a core/pelvis stability issue.
    • If you find that you struggle with keeping a neutral spine then you can regress to something such as valslide leg curls or eccentric only GHRs.
  2. Razor curls are typically used as a progression to GHRs so if you struggle to complete normal GHRs then you can use this variation which shortens the lever arm.
  3. You can also use a dumbbell or kettlebell if you don’t have access to plates for whatever reason.
  4. Refrain from locking out your knees at the bottom of the movement to keep tension through your hamstrings.
  5. If desired you can take the hips into flexion in the bottom portion of the movement as this will help to enhance glute activation. However, this also increases the complexity of the movement and many folks will extend through the lumbar spine rather than the hips, thus putting themselves in a poor position to complete the GHR efficiently.