The glutes are getting a lot of attention lately. It seems like everyone wants to build a strong backend. And for good reason too - the glutes are a major muscle group and can affect how you move and how a lot of your other joints feel. Not to mention, strong glutes just look better in a pair of jeans.
Did you know that the glutes are the largest muscle group in your body? This simple fact lets you know that they play an important role within how your body moves and stabilizes through different movement patterns. The term "glute" actually refers to three different muscle groups - the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus. These muscles help with movements such as: upright torso posture, hip extension, abduction, and rotation.
The squat is probably the most famous exercise for building a bigger backend. But there are so many other functional movements that help you strengthen your glutes. Some exercises use heavy weights, but others can be done with a band or your own bodyweight. Incorporating different movements and keeping your routine varied will help you strengthen your glutes while keeping your joints happy and healthy.
Joel Runyon is the founder of IMPOSSIBLE® - performance lifestyle brand encompassing performance apparel & formulas, IMPOSSIBLE Fitness® programs, and a philanthropy arm. An endurance athlete and entrepreneur - he's also the creator of MoveWellApp and owns Ultimate Meal Plans. Find out what next challenge Joel is crossing off his impossible list here.