My clients sometimes ask me why I’m so obsessed with butts. Whether or not you care that well-formed booties are the latest fashion accessory, there are many more pressing reasons why glute training should be included in your routine.
WHY WE NEED TO TRAIN GLUTES
The glutes are actually made up of three muscles: the Gluteus Maximus, Medieus and Minimus. These muscles function together to extend and abduct the thigh, and allow internal and external rotation of the hip joint. The glutes stabilize the pelvis and help keep the hips and spine in alignment, playing a critical role in posture.
Many jobs require hours of sitting. Sitting for long periods tightens hip flexors, and weakens glutes as the muscles become chronically inactive and compressed. Interestingly enough, butt implants have the same effect on glutes as sitting over time. Weak glutes can lead to postural issues, pelvic instability, as well as back and knee pain.
Who Should Train Glutes?
Strong glutes aren’t just for fitness models. Everyone can benefit from adding glute activation to their fitness regime. The glutes’ role in stabilizing the pelvis and supporting posture is especially critical for athletes (sprinting, jumping, quick lateral motions), new and expecting moms, and anyone with back or knee problems.
How to Train Glutes?
A common misconception is the only way to get rocking glutes is to squat for days. Although compound movements like squats and deadlifts are important to lower body strength programs, there are other exercises like hip thrusts and reverse hyperextensions which have been shown to elicit much greater activation of the gluteal muscles specifically. Don’t stop squatting and deadlifting, but for optimal booty burn, give this workout a try.
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