3 Reasons why MEN should stop skipping Glute Activation.
WHAT is Glute Activation?
Firing up your gluteal muscles.
WHY do we need Glute Activation?
One of the main causes of weak glutes is that many jobs involve sitting down for long periods of time in the office. This can result in 'sleeping glutes'.
Here's the shocker: They often remain inactive, even during workouts.
Glute activation can 'awaken' these sleeping giants and strengthen them directly.
WHO are the ones neglecting their glutes?
Needless to say, the booty talk is more common amongst the ladies, but should men be paying more attention to their glutes?
Yes, and here's why.
1) Pain prevention
Glute strength is crucial for endurance, power, and pain prevention.
Our glutes are the largest and most metabolically active muscles in our bodies. It has the job of keeping the trunk of the body in an erect posture.
If your lower back is hurting. We hate to break it to you,
you have a weak butt.
A weak butt puts more pressure on your lower back, knees, hamstrings and hips, because your glutes are struggling to keep your upper body erect.
If you have been working on those pecs, biceps and deltoids, you know how heavy they are.
So the question is : Are your glutes ready for that weight?
2) Supplement your training
The number one mistake guys make is assuming that they’ve got their glutes covered through exercises like squats and lunges.
To really improve your overall strength and performance, you need to train your glutes directly and more often. Activating your glutes is important so you can strengthen them and increase the effectiveness of your workouts.
Weak glutes can also cause an over-reliance on other muscles (e.g. quads) when performing these exercises. So if you're going to hit the squat racks, then fire them up -
Don't HALF-ASS it.
Don't be a victim of glute amnesia - that's when your butt muscles go to sleep and become weak.
Notably, your glutes are the largest muscles in your body, so working them has a huge calorie-burning benefit. If you're looking to shed some adipose tissue, here's your answer.
3) Stay injury-free
Weak glutes and poor form often comes hand-in-hand.
When your glutes are weak, your other muscle groups tend to compensate in performing a movement, and this in turn, affects your form. Poor form can result in serious injuries.
Last but not least, we all know the story how John pulled a back muscle because he didn't warm up before performing squats or deadlifts (or we've been a John at least once in our lives).
It is extremely important to warm up and activate the muscles you intend to train, so make sure your glutes are adequately warmed up to reduce the risk of injury!
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