Not to be confused with with the hip thruster, the barbell thruster is best known as the bane of all Crossfitters’ existence during “Fran” when they’re complemented with pull-ups for 21, 15, and nine reps. This multi-joint exercise works every muscle from head to toe by combining a full front squat and a push press, all in one, smooth-but-brutal range of motion.
The barbell thruster is a complex exercise that demands a tremendous amount of mobility, strength, stability and power. It is a metabolic thrasher that can humble even the most hardened of lifters. But that’s good news. Because of how intense it is, the thruster can drastically improve overhead pressing strength and overall body composition with regular practice. Proper execution is a must if you want to master this taxing exercise.