And not only can strong glutes help us prevent injury, or even flare ups of previous injuries, they can also help us run faster and lift more, not to mention stay functionally stronger as we get older.
So for all you men out there that think the glute obsession is just for women...If you want to be more powerful in your sport? You'd better stop ignoring those butt cheeks!
But the solution to building stronger glutes isn't as simple as SQUAT MORE. Or even deadlift more...As important as those moves are to a proper training routine.
All too often we are doing those amazing compound moves but NOT seeing the results that we want.
And this is because our daily posture has created imbalances and compensations that have caused our glutes to become underactive, and sometimes even just one side to become weaker.
Our mind-body connection, our ability to properly and efficiently recruit our glutes during compound moves, has been interrupted.
Now you may be thinking..."Ok. But how can I stand or walk or run if my glutes aren't firing?"
Your glutes ARE firing, they just aren't necessarily working optimally.
Ever feel your lower back or hamstrings working more than your glutes during a glute bridge?
Is the answer YES!?
Well you aren't alone.
And the crazy part is, that's even during a more ISOLATED movement that you feel these other muscles compensating! We struggle to get our glutes, which are the main focus of that bridge move (I mean it's called a GLUTE bridge for a reason haha), to work as they should!
Because when our glutes are underactive, other muscles will "join in" to help us replicate a movement. And often these muscles that jump in to assist are working more than they should be.
When muscles are recruited during moves and asked to do more work than they should, they end up overloaded and this can lead to INJURY.
That is why Activation Exercises are so key to include BEFORE our cardio or weight training sessions.
So what are Activation Exercises?