Now that I have your attention, I’ll use the term glutes (I don’t even let my kids say butt). Glutes (of which the gluteus maximus is the largest) are a key component of the core. Yes, they are associated with the core. Let’s just say they support the core.
According to Joe Tedesco at Architech Sports, “Glutes … are part of the core. Typically, we tend not to think of them that way because they appear to be relatively far away from the stomach. It helps to think of the core as a base of stability, rather than to associate it only with the stomach area. The core begins at the top of the ribs and includes the whole area to about mid thigh. Therefore, whatever helps to create stability in those areas can be thought of as part of the core.”
Now that we have cleared that up…lets talk about the butt (oops!). While I wish I could tell you that all you have to do is a few lunges and squats every day and you can check off the glute box, it isn’t true. Like so many things in life, it’s a little more complicated than that. Everything in our bodies is connected to something else. In strengthening our glutes we have to reinforce those things that connect to the glute muscles. [Read more…]