Why strong glute muscles are important
There’s more to strong glute muscles than aesthetics. Your glutes – the minimus, medius and maximus – are the largest and strongest muscles in your body. These three muscles work together to abduct, rotate and extend the hip.
Without your glutes, you simply would not be able to stand up. You wouldn’t be able to walk, run, jump or even sit.
Strengthening your glutes can help improve posture, as well as make sitting down, standing, picking up heavy objects and climbing stairs easier. Developing strong glutes can also improve athletic performance and decrease your risk for injuries.
Common causes of inactive or poorly functioning glute muscles
When we sit for long periods of time, the muscles in our lower bodies simply switch off and become inactive. At the same time, we also adopt terrible postural positions which pushes our spine and connective tissues out of shape. The result is compromised body function, inactive muscles and overly strained ligaments and tendons.
- Lower body injury
The glutes are very clever muscles. So clever that they know how powerful they are. When we experience any type of lower body injury, whether it’s a broken leg or a sprained ankle, the glutes automatically switch off to try and slow you down. This allows your lower body injury to heal. The only problem is our glutes do not automatically switch back on.
Benefits of strong glutes
- Injury prevention
Developing strong glutes is not only essential for optimal performance but can also decrease your risk for injury in the knees, lower back, hamstrings and groin.
Weak glutes can cause an imbalance in the hip. Subsequently, this leads to excessive medial rotation of the femur and lateral tracking of the patella. The result is knee pain.
Strengthening your glutes decreases your risk for back injuries in exercises such as the deadlift and squat by taking some of the pressure off your lower back. Furthermore, weak glutes may contribute to pulled muscles in your hamstring or groin.
- Athletic performance
Strong glute muscles are essential for almost every sport, as they are responsible for accelerating, decelerating, changing directions and creating explosive power in jumps. They are also responsible for effective hip extension.
Sprinting is one of the most effective exercises for simulating the glutes, activating 234% more of the gluteus maximus muscle than a vertical jump. Athletes with strong glutes will be faster, more efficient and explosive in their movements than athletes with weaker glutes.
Strengthen your glutes
Train your glute muscles at least once a week. Use compound, multi-joint exercises, such as full squats, deadlifts, lunges and step-ups. These exercises mimic real-life functional movements, which can help improve daily life.
Additionally, include aerobic exercise in your weekly routine. Perform at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercises five days a week.
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