Does it matter whether you have strong muscles in your butt cheeks or not?
Your glutes are very important muscles in your body because of their potential power and strength. They are a big muscle group and so have the capacity to support you in your daily life and whilst training IF they are active and responsive to the workload you are demanding.
If they are inactive then they are basically in your body, but sleeping and thus offering you little to no support in your daily movement. Why is this an issue? If your glutes don’t do the work then other muscles and joints have to do MORE and therefore may be under more stress than perhaps they can cope with. This can lead to painful movement and discomfort in the body.
Why might they be sleeping?
Modern lifestyle means that we sit more than we stand, walk and run. This means the glutes spend more time not being needed than ever before. Low levels of exercise and physical activity also play a part in this common issue. It is important to understand that muscle activity is nearly always on a spectrum – ranging from very weak and inactive to very strong and active with everyone being somewhere along that spectrum. The good news is that stronger is always better and once these beauties are woken up, it can make a huge difference to your workout performance and your daily life.
How do I know if my glutes are weak?
You may experience some or all of the following:
1: Your bottom looks flat in the mirror
2. There is no curvy shelf to your legs.
3. When you sit down in a deep chair, you feel that you fall in the lower section of the movement and struggle to get up without leaning on your knees.
4. The front of your legs are very tight and/or you get knee pain.
5. You get lower back pain and strain regularly.
A good glute workout is beneficial for EVERYBODY so be sure to give this workout a go and include the exercises in future workouts
Why is it a chicken and egg situation?
If we feel weak in a particular area of the body then we compensate and move slightly differently to achieve the objective (ie. lift heavy parcel). This means that our glutes do not work as they should because the chosen movement pattern does not support its functionality. This means they work even less often and thus we continue to unconsciously choose less favourable patterns of movement…this leading to those same muscles getting weaker over time.
So what should we do?
Check with your trainer that your movement patterns are correct – in particular how you squat and how you deadlift – practice and perfect these patterns (everyone always has room for improvement) whilst also doing focused core and glute conditioning work
Go SLOWLY and SAFELY – choose QUALITY over QUANTITY and if in doubt, work closely with a fitness professional to be sure that you are investing your time and energy in a healthy body and a healthier life.
Happy Training peachy bottoms!