Martin Berkhan (you must have heard of him) posted this on Twitter and Facebook, and it is interesting as a study:
Low load exercises targeting the gluteal muscle group acutely enhance explosive power output in elite athletes.
It is this idea of activating the glutes as a warm up and it now seems to have some support from research.
I put a glute exercise in the Hillfit exercise routine - a hip extension / glute bridge - because I think that it is important to get the glutes firing, especially given that our habitual sitting posture tends to see those muscles under activated. I was really focussing on a big 3 - squat (wall sit), pushup and row - but wanted to add a hip hinge/glute move.
Interestingly I saw this post today from Mike Reinold on the kneeling hip thrust as a simple glute exercise. I was messing with this tonight using bands