Getting a great leg workout can be tough. Heck let’s be honest, sometimes just mustering up the courage to start a leg workout can be a chore. That’s why it is important to get the most out of your leg workout each and every time you do it. Today, I am focusing on arguably the most important muscle in your lower body: the glutes.
Your glutes are not just that pretty muscle that makes your pants fit nice. They are an integral part of your body’s system to walk, run, lift, and jump. Any strength coach will tell you that your strength and power always starts from your glutes. But for some exercisers, this body part can be a difficult one to train. Sometimes, no matter how many squats, leg presses, and lunges you do, you can’t seem to get those glutes worked.
Believe it or not, the reason for this is in your chair. We are a sedentary society, and if you sit at a desk all day, your glutes are neurologically “turned off.” If you do not do the proper things to activate these muscles before a workout, then other muscles will take over and do what glutes were supposed to. This phenomenon has a scientific term called “synergistic dominance,” and it is the reason why your hamstrings and inner thighs get so sore after a hard leg workout, but your glutes feel like they did nothing.
But there is good news. If take the following steps before and during your next leg workout, you can wake up those sleepy glutes and get the best workout (and results) of your life. Or better yet, hire a trainer from a reputable personal training education program to show you how.
Enjoy your sore rear-end tomorrow!