Who hasn’t wanted, enjoyed or hit a high when hearing the words…
“HEY, GREAT BUTT!”
Sadly though, for most of us, a butt that draws admiration doesn’t occur naturally.
But a little bit of butt work goes a long way.
Let’s look at the actual function and use of the glutes rather than the look.
The largest and potentially most powerful group of muscles in your body, the gluteals and the hamstrings, work together to extend, rotate and abduct the hip.
They also contribute to the stabilisation of the pelvis.
Many of us have, over time, unintentionally under-developed or over-developed these muscle groups depending on our specific area of training.
Patterns of movement become habitual and our bodies will preferentially activate muscles during lower body exercise. This could mean that your glutes and hamstrings are not activating if, for example, your body is unevenly distributing muscle response to the quads.
Glute activation is vitally important!
In all training and exercise, excessive reliance on your quads will burden your knees and hip joints with disproportionate stress.
Your quadriceps may even burnout early without the help of your posterior muscles, placing further tension on your knees.
To avoid this, focusing on developing the muscle memory for hamstring and glute activation is vital. Attention on this early, will reward you by truly maximising your performance.
A well-trained butt isn’t just awesome to look at!
Strengthening your glutes and hamstrings will go a long way to correcting your overall posture, easing and improving hip, knee and lower back pain, boosting your performance and can even reduce that unshakeable muffin top!
Pretty convincing arguments for training your glutes and gathering a few passing glances, don’t you think?
Move over J Lo… the Sunshine Coast is heating up with clients working out at Oxygen Pilates.