One of the major themes across fitness and particularly running magazines over the last few years has been the importance and / or value of better functioning glute muscles.
Apart from the aesthetic value of these muscles, their Function or lack thereof has a massive impact on our daily activities and not just in sporting or fitness activities.
Some of their roles are:
- Maintain pelvic position and back stability in walking
- Help to control bodyweight when getting in or out of a car / chair
- Maintain balance and protect the back when bending and lifting
- Climbing stairs
As many people now sit for long periods the glutes are basically shut down for the majority of our day – try sitting on your hand for 6 – 8 hours a day and see how well it works after….
Sadly when the glutes are shut down the knock on effect can be detrimental to our well-being. Here are just a few of the problems a weakened Gluteus Maximus can cause:
- Chronic lower back pain
- Chronic hip pain
- Chronic knee pain
- Tibial stress fracture
- Iliotibial band friction syndrome
- Anterior cruciate ligament injury
- Patellofemoral pathology
- Bad posture
- A flat, saggy, unattractive butt.
If you have any of the above issues or persistent niggles in these areas and you havent assessed Glute function then perhaps its time to do so now. Have a go at the following exercise to see if you feel the glutes or hamstrings are doing most of the work.
If you feel the hamstrings are more dominant then you may need some help with getting the glutes to fire correctly
Also do both sides and compare left to right glute function