STRONG GLUTES ARE ESSENTIAL FOR BACK, HIP AND KNEE HEALTH.
There are three muscles making up your butt, glute medius, maximus and minumus. These muscles are all incredibly important, and not just for butt shaking videos (although I would argue that’s one of their most important jobs). Your glutes keep your hips stable, your back healthy and your knees tracking in the right direction.
Why do strong glutes help your back? To unlock this secret, you need to pay me ONE MILLION DOLLARS or you can just read bellow.
Glutes are huge muscles involved in hip extension. You do a lot of that in a day, getting off a chair, picking something up off the ground, running, walking, sexy time and dance fighting etc – the list is long. If your glutes are a lazy bitch then your hamstrings and lower back have to pick up all the slack. This can lead to super tight hamstrings, or quads and a painful lower back.
Your lazy ass could also be responsible for your hips pinching. This can seriously affect your Russian dancing. Your buttocks has the important job of keeping your pelvis stable (I’m trying to think of a way to work ass and stable in together but nothing is coming to me). It plays an important role in stopping your hip from dipping, rotating and doing weird stuff you don’t want it to do. It also keeps the femur (the upper leg bone) sitting nicely in your hip socket. If it’s not doing its job, the femur can start to get pulled out of the socket and that’s when you experience a pinching sensation in positions of deep flexion.
Now, onto your knees. Have you ever done the Charleston bees knees dance? Get up and try it right now (you may need to look it up if you are young).
Thanks, I hope you looked ridiculous. Now you can keep reading.
Your glutes, particularly the medius, keep your knee tracking in the right direction. What you see when the glute medius isn’t doing its job is caving knees. When your knee is constantly caving inwards it can start to cause knee pain.
So, if you are suffering from lower back pain, sore knees or pinchy hips then you might find the answers lie in your butt. Or let’s rather say with your butt before this all gets awkward.
In short: start focussing on butt strength. That’s what I’m trying to say.
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