Time to dish out some#bootyforthought with some of MY fundamentals for how I train hams and glutes.
Key being these are my PERSONAL philosophies and practices that have been developed over time from both experience and knowledge. I've spent a lot of time in the trenches and in lecture halls, and have had the ability to work with some amazing mentors over the years. The way that I program, and thus my training is tailored for MY body, MY goals and MY health.
Lower body training has always been my favourite, as nothing is as comforting as a good hard leg workout. Seriously my mantra used to be "when life gives you lemons, train legs." And so I did, trying old school bodybuilding plans and powerlifting phases, along with just about every program that made theoretical and logical sense to me. Over the years I've come to see a good workout like a well written story - there is a beginning, a middle (with a 'climax' at some point) that then should flow into the end. These 3 elements are always there, they are a constant but how each are programmed depends on many different variables.
There could be a slow start with a lot of activation exercises and warm-up sets, maybe the climax occurs early in the middle with an epic set of pyramid squats or a few pre-fatigue sets, and then to end there could be a grand finale or "finisher" that will leave a lasting impression. Just like in a good story there are different characters or key concepts that are incorporated throughout the workout - such as the way a set is executed (ie. intensity, timing, tension, weight, ROM) or the order that the exercises are done (ie. exercise sequencing or pairing based off a specific goal).
Make no mistake, these are NOT random, there is always intention and rationale for where they are used, how they are used and why they are used.