Sir Mix-a-lot was on to something when he rapped about liking big butts and not lying. Albeit, he sang mostly about how good a big butt looks and nothing about the importance of proper glute function. Your booty is made up of 3 gluteal muscles- gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus. Each have an individual role to play, but together they help stabilize and support the pelvis. They are also the power house muscles of the body.
Today I would like to introduce you to the largest of the 3 gluteal muscles-the Gluteus Maximus.
Symptoms of an inhibited glute max are collapsed knees when running or squatting, or limited hip mobility. If these muscles are weak, we will encounter lower back pain, knee pain and issues with balance. All resulting in poor mechanics when running, skiing, and squatting. Below are a couple of exercises you can do to help keep your glute max in tip top shape. Give them a try and 'Shake that healthy butt!"