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The importance of the Glutes

The importance of the Glutes

Did you know that the Glutes are the biggest muscle in the human body and often the most dysfunctional and inactive?

Due to the amount of time we spend sitting with poor postural awareness, the Glutes (and also hamstrings) become inactive, weak and tight over time.

We can correct this in the gym using some fairly simple techniques.

1. Perform Glute activation drills prior to exercise, this will pre-fatigue the muscle and help you to recruit it during exercises like squats, deadlifts and even upper body movements like press-ups and bench press.
2. Use therapy balls or foam rollers to loosen and release tightness within the Glutes and also the connective tissue in the hip area. I’m a big fan of the Yoga Tune Up Balls. These are the ones that I use with my clients.
3. Perform mobility exercises and stretches that help improve our overall posture/alignment which will, in turn, help the Glutes fire more strongly due to better nerve supply and improved nervous system function.

Whether you are an athlete or everyday person you will no doubt benefit tremendously from stronger Glutes and improved hip flexibility/mobility.

Adding years of longevity to your physique and helping you continue to move well and pain-free.

If you have any questions relating to the Glutes or would like to know more about how you can strengthen them please feel free to reach out.

Have a great week!

Ash

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