The Weak Butt Crisis

She raised her hand to ask a question…

“Since I was young, I have always had flat feet. People have told me that my feet have always been that way. Are you saying my feet are like this because my glutes are weak?”

“Yes, likely” the Musculoskeletal therapist replied

Before I tell you what else weak glutes are causing, here is why they are critical.

Why Are Our Glutes So Critical?

The gluteus maximus is the biggest muscle in the human body, by volume. The gluteal muscle group, commonly known as the glutes, includes 3 muscles located at the back of each hip.

Since your glutes impact your hip movement, pelvis rotation, and pelvic stability, what’s bad for your butt is actually bad for your entire body.

And guess what?

For most of us the glutes are our weakest muscles from all the sitting we do! Which is a huge problem.

Without going into too much detail, having weak glutes can cause the following issues…

Lower Back pain

When we sit for long periods of time your hip flexor muscles tighten, forcing your pelvis to roll backwards, which creates compression in the lower back that can cause lower back pain. You might not experience anything after a few weeks of sitting, but eventually, if untreated, this will cause huge issues for your back.

Knee or Hip Pain

Having aching on the outside of the hip (commonly diagnosed as bursitis) is usually a late sign of weakness in the glutes, while pain in the front of the knee is also a common sign of weakness in the glutes.

Plantar fasciitis

Or sharp pain and inflammation of the heels, is a very late sign of weak glutes. This is caused by an abnormal foot strike position. Very common amongst runners.

Plantar fasciitis

Or sharp pain and inflammation of the heels, is a very late sign of weak glutes. This is caused by an abnormal foot strike position. Very common amongst runners.

How Do We Fix This

Well, the answer is simple.

Exercise your glutes and stop sitting so much!

Exercises such as single leg squats, regular squats, deadlifts, crab walks, side laying leg lifts, step-ups and reverse planks are perfect for your butt.

Here a link with some awesome exercises you can do to strengthen your glutes with minimum equipment.

https://www.menshealth.com/fitness/g19546820/best-glutes-exercises/?slide=5

– Keagan Bizzell
– The Charge Movement

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