Reverse Hyper (How To, Muscles Worked, Benefits)


Reverse Hypers are an excellent exercise that develops the posterior chain.

In this guide, I’m going to teach you how to do Reverse Hypers including important coaching tips and a few alternative exercises.


How To Do Reverse Hypers


Equipment Needed

  • Reverse Hyper or Glute Ham Machine

How To

  • Grab the handles of the Reverse Hyper Machine and lay your torso across the platform.
  • Set up your legs/feet with the resistance (will differ depending upon the machine)
  • Keeping your legs straight, raise them up until they are parallel to the floor.
  • Squeeze the glutes at the top and then lower the legs back down under control.
  • Repeat until all reps are completed.

Coaching Points

There are specific Reverse Hyper machines. These machines allow you to add weight and lift the legs with the added resistance.

If you don’t have access to a Reverse Hyper machine, you can use a regular Glute Ham Machine. To add resistance, you can hold a medicine ball in between your feet.

How Many Reps?

Reverse Hypers are a supplemental lower body strength exercise done after the compound lifts for the day. I generally program 3 to 4 sets of 8 to 10 reps.


Reverse Hyper Alternatives


Don’t have a reverse hyper machine? Here are a few alternative exercises that will get the job done.

Want more options? Here are my 12 favorite alternatives for Reverse Hypers.

Romanian Deadlifts (RDLs)

Romanian Deadlift (RDL)

Romanian Deadlifts are an excellent alternative for Reverse Hypers to develop the posterior chain.

No big, bulky machine is needed and they can even be done with a barbell or dumbbells if needed.

Kettlebell Swings

Kettlebell Swing

Kettlebell Swings also emphasize the posterior chain. They’re generally done with less weight and more explosively, but they’re still going to train the same muscle groups.

All you need is a kettlebell and you have a Reverse Hyper replacement.


More Links and Info


If you’d like to see more lower body exercises check out the Lower Body Lifts section of our Exercise Library. There you’ll find dozens of strength movements, all with step-by-step instructions.

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Ryan Horton

Horton Barbell was created by Ryan Horton who has served as a Sports Performance Coach for almost 20 years. My mission is to create a training resource to help as many coaches and athletes as possible maximize athletic potential.

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