Glute Medius The Weakest Muscle in Your Lower Body
What's up, guysé Jeff Cavaliere, ATHLEANX . I'm going to show you today how to addressthe most underdeveloped, weakest muscle in your lower body, bar none. By doing so, we're going to help to improveyour big lifts. Like the squats, dead lifts, and certainlyany single leg activity because the muscle group that we're talking about here todayis the glute medius. Unless you're having a concerted effort inyour programming to train this muscle, you're
probably not doing it and you're leaving yourselfexposed to a lot of other damage down the kinetic chain. Most of that in the knees because we knowthat if you have weakness and instability up at the hips it's going to affect the positionof the knees and that most often will result in too much torque, and pain, and injury inthe knee. So what we can do for the glute medius is,we can do this in a lot of different ways. The first way to do it is to get up here againstthe wall, okayé Lift up your leg here.
This is not the leg we're actually workingbecause in order to get the glute medius, what we want to be able to do is abduct thehip straight out to the side. Now, when we do a closed chain it looks alittle different than it would traditionally as people know as abduction of the hip. This way. Straight out to the side. Well, when we do with our foot fixed on theground and you drop the hip out to the side, you're actually squeezing in.
you can see if I kept it going it's not differentwith the hip ending up out here on the outside of my body. So you will just allow yourself to get lazy. Drop down to the side. Allow your hips to drop down in this direction. The only thing that can actually bring themback up now if you do this right is the contraction right here of the glute medius, leaving itstraight across. Sideways.
You should feel it tightening right here inthe hip. Right in the butt. You come straight across and you try to liftyour hips up even a little bit more at an angle this way. You feel the squeeze, you let it drop andget lazy. Feel the squeeze, let it drop and get lazy. If you can't do 20 of these in a really slow,contracted way, squeezing every single time without the burn becoming something you can'teven tolerate, then you really, really have
weak hips. Even doing exercises like the squat when you'rebeing told to keep your knees out as you go down is going to become very difficult foryou and is going to be somewhat problematic when you try to keep your knees healthy whenyou're doing squats. But you guys know that there's different levelsfor different people. We can make this more difficult by addingsome resistance. So if we find that our athletes are strongenough in the bodyweight version then we add the ball.
Best Glute Exercises For Mass The Barbell Hip Thrust
Hey what's up guys, Sean Nalewanyj here, BodyTransformationTruth ,and in this tutorial I'm going to be teaching you how to do, what is pretty widely regardedas the very best direct glute exercise available, and that is the hip thrust, and more specificallyI'll be showing you the barbell hip thrust variation which is the most commonly usedversion and the one that I typically recommend first. So basic lower body compound exerciseslike squats and deadlifts and leg presses etcetera. these definitely do hit your gluteseffectively, but for people who want to build up their glutes to their maximum size andstrength potential, you do need to be including some direct glute training in your plan aswell and that's because the standard leg
exercises that are going to be used in mostbodybuilding programs, these exercises don't allow for full extension of your hip joint,which is the primary function that the glutes perform. So squatting down to parallel orperforming a leg press or a set of stifflegged deadlifts, these do involve hip extension,but not through the full possible range of motion. Also keep in mind that direct glutetraining will benefit you beyond just basic improvements in strength and appearance, italso plays a role in boosting up your squatting strength, improving your deadlifting lockoutpower, improving sprinting speed, and just all around totalbody functioning. So, I wouldn'tsay that direct glute training is mandatory,
but if building up the size and strength ofyour glutes is something that you're specifically aiming for, then again, you do need some directwork and the barbell hip thrust would be my top recommendation. Hip thrusts put your bodyinto the best position to allow for full hip extension and to help you get the deepestcontraction in your glutes possible. Now these do look a little bit weird and you might feelslightly embarrassed performing them at first, I know that I usually get at least one confusedlook from someone at the gym pretty much every time that I do these, but if reaching yourtraining goals is more important to you than a few awkward stares, then this is the liftthat you need to be doing for your glutes.
So let's go over the proper form and technique,because it's very important that you do these correctly in order to make sure thatit's your glutes that are doing the bulk of the work, as well as to minimize the stresson your lower back as well. So, you're going to start by sitting perpendicular againsta flat bench and rolling a loaded barbell into the crease of your hips. Position yourfeet about shoulder width apart or slightly wider, with your toes pointing either straighthead or just slightly outward. Grab the bar using an overhand grip just outside of yourhips and wedge your midback into the bench. Keep your head in a neutral position, keepyour chest and your ribcage flat rather than
puffed out, and keep your lower back neutralrather than arched, and from there just press through your heels and drive yourself up untilyour hips are fully extended and your torso is about parallel to ground Really focus onengaging your glutes as much as possible on each rep and always make sure to drive theweight up under smooth control without any jerky movements or excessive use of momentum.Once you reach the top of the movement, pause briefly and consciously contract your gluteswith force before lowering yourself back down again. Now you can either go all the way downuntil the plates touch the floor, or you can stop midair before performing your next rep.Also keep in mind that the specific distance
that you place your feet away from the benchwill depend on your individual body structure as well as your limb length, and your goalshould be to just find whatever distance causes your shins to be either vertical or just slightlyangled backward once you reach full hip extension at the top of the movement. Now if you'rejust starting out with this exercise then you'll likely find it to be pretty uncomfortableto have the bar directly pressing against your hips, in which case you'll want toplace a pad or a towel around the bar to make it more comfortable, however, just keep inmind that you'll probably find that after several weeks of consistent hip thrustingthe discomfort will decrease by quite a bit