The gluteus are the largest group of muscles in our body and quite often can be an overlooked and under worked (or incorrectly worked) area of the body. Whilst there is a lot of emphasis placed upon having a strong core for fitness, a strong body and rehabilitation, and yes this is also very important, our gluteus play a very important role as well. Many people do not know how to activate their gluteus and can instead use other muscles like their tensor fascia latae (TFL), hamstrings, psoas or quadriceps.
There are 3 MAIN muscles which make up our gluteus:
- Gluteus Maximus
- Gluteus Medius
- Gluteus Minimus
The gluteus maximus is the largest of these three muscles and is responsible for extending our leg and outwardly rotating our leg at the hip.
The Gluteus Medius and Minimus perform similar functions to one and other. They both stabilise our pelvis and inwardly rotate our leg at the hip.
Why are gluteus so important?
WE USE OUR GLUTEUS ALL THE TIME! Running, walking, sports and activities moving in all different planes of motion. Not to mention, shaking our booty!
With sedentary lifestyles on the increase, more time can be spent sitting so it is important that we work our posterior muscles correctly.
Guaranteed benefits of stronger and happy functioning gluteus.
- improved posture
- stable pelvis
- better gait pattern
- stronger back
- stronger and better functioning knees
- better leg alignment
- improved balance
- better athletic performance
- reduced chance of injury
- a good looking bootie!
How do Pilates classes help my gluteus?
The pelvis needs to be in neutral alignment which is the best position for safe and efficient movement patterns in the body. Therefore it is important that we understand we are moving from the correct position in the first place. Different exercises work better for different bodies and postures so utilising a Pilates Instructor's expertise and varying Pilates exercises and equipment will be important to help you get the best exercises for your body.
Proper body alignment and function allow the muscles of the body to work in harmony.
For more information about the importance on having stronger glutes, chat to one of our Pilates Instructors.