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Friday Fitness with Farel: Benefits of Building a Better Backside

We walk, we run, we lunge and we squat...all with the goal of stronger glutes, right? What is your motivation for this attention to your booty? If most of us, if we are going to answer honestly, it would be "To have a better looking butt", right? While there is nothing wrong with that answer, there are other reasons for building a better backside.

Your glutes are made up of three muscles: gluteus minimus, gluteus medius and gluteus maximus. The largest of which is the gluteus maximus and it is responsible for hip extension (extending your thigh back behind you). The stronger your gluteus maximus muscles are the better supported your low back is because it doesn't have to engage as much to compensate. This a HUGE benefit! Knowing this may fuel your workouts even more; building a better backside will help you look, AND FEEL better!

Here are a few exercises to strengthen your glutes:

  • Walking Lunge with Hip Extension: Step into a lunge and as you come up out of it, extend your leg back behind you as you squeeze your glutes. Repeat on the other side.
  • Squat with a Lift: Lower into your squat with weight in your heels and knees lined up over the ankles. As you come up out of the squat lift one of your legs to the side and return back into the squat. Repeat on the other side.

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