Glutes, or the ‘gluteus maximus’, is the main extensor muscle of the hips. It is one the three muscles of the gluteus muscles, the gluteus maximus, gluteus minimus and the gluteus minimus. As suggested by the name, gluteus maximus is the largest among the three gluteal muscles. It is also one of the strongest muscles of the human body and is located in the buttocks.
It is connected to the coccyx, also known as the tailbone and other surrounding bones. The main function of the gluteus maximus is to move the hip and the thigh. It is responsible for numerous day to day activities such as walking up or down the stairs, running, cycling, crawling, walking or just standing. It is responsible for the outward rotation of the hip joint. It also helps to stabilize the hip joint and relieve the pressure of the femur, strengthening the structure of the leg overall. Because of its many functions, it is important to train them to prevent injury.
4 reasons why it is important to train your glutes
1. Improve athletic performance
The Glutes are a major muscle group that is one of the largest as well as the strongest muscle groups in the human body. It is responsible for various lightweight things like standing or crawling and very demanding things such as climbing, pushing etc. Training your glutes will definitely help you improve your athletic performance. The two best examples of this can be seen in Olympic sprinters and top tier football players.
The athletes who are at the top of their game usually have the best-developed glutes. This is because glutes are responsible for delivering explosiveness and speed.
2. Lower the risk or prevent injury
Besides from being a very strong muscle group that is responsible for various physically draining activities, it is also a stabilizer muscle. It helps to stabilize key movements during different kinds of exercises and sports.
It helps other muscles and bones as well as the hip joint to move and distributes the pressure felt by the joints. It is responsible for the outward rotation of the hip joint.