Fire Up Your Glutes! Sagittal plane- getting started

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The glutes are having quite the moment. When I used to go to the gym, I noticed an uptick in women doing gluteal work, which I used to see only in the PT clinic.

Sidestepping with a band, hip abduction with resistance, bridges with resistance- all started showing up on the gym floor, usually practiced by young women who were otherwise weight room avoidant.

I was so curious about the change in popularity of glute strengthening, I started to dig into a little of what was going on. As often is the case in women’s fitness, the focus on having a large and round bum was being dictated by fashion and aesthetic. Celebrity culture (think Jennifer Lopez, the Kardashian crew) is promoting large, round glutes as a physical goal. Young followers were following suit.

While everyone has different genetic predispositions to muscle (some of us genetically have more type I muscle fibers, some of us have more type IIb, some of us are genetically predisposed to having less muscle mass), we all can train our muscles.

The reason to train gluteals go way beyond looking a certain way in a pencil skirt.