You know Shakira was on to something when she says the hips don’t lie. In fact hips are very truthful, and they reveal a lot about athletes.
Hips can tell me if an athlete is truly maximizing their athleticism, can reveal if an athlete is at risk for an injury, or show if the athlete can bust moves on the dance floor… Okay maybe not so much the last one, but you should get the idea. The hips, and more importantly your glutes are the most important muscle in your body.
Indulge me in a quick anatomy lesson if you will, the glutes are the biggest muscle in your body. That’s it. So it stands to reason that if you want to be a better athlete than your glutes need to be up to par.
Strong glutes will help you apply significantly more force into the ground when you're running, cutting, or jumping. All significant movements for athletes. Then when you’re absorbing force, whether landing or planting, strong glutes will help take a lot of that pressure off of your knees.
Strong glutes form the foundation for your upper body. When glutes are working properly and their strong there’s a good chance your back will be healthier as well as your shoulder.
Suffice to say the glutes are a very important muscle, and I’m trying very hard not to make any asinine jokes right now… No if, and’s, or but’s about it…
In any case, I hope that this, albeit brief, blog post has begun opening your eyes to just how important the glutes are, and all the more reason why they need to be strong and work properly.
The next post of this segment will present a few great exercises for getting your glutes working right, and getting them stronger.