So what are our glute muscles, and why is it so important to strengthen them? The glute muscles are the muscles located in your butt. These muscles can be broken down into three major sections: Gluteus Maximus, Gluteus Minimus, and the Gluteus Medius. These muscles help assist in hip rotation and extension, stabilize the hip joint, and so much more. Without them we would not be able to walk, run, jump, skip, stand, and even sit. So for the three butt exercises you should be doing, grab a resistance band and try these band exercises that will get your glutes working.
First up is the Banded Bicycle exercise. For this movement you will place the band around the tops of your feet. You will fully extend one leg, keeping the other in a bent 90 degree angle. As you bring the leg back into a 90 degree angle you will fully extend the opposite leg.
Do 3 sets of 15-20 repetitions per leg.
Second exercise is the Standing or Seated Banded Marches. For this movement you will place the band around your the tops of your feet. With the band around your feet, raise one leg up, aim for 90 degrees, and back down. You will continue to raise each leg in a marching motion
Do 3 sets of 20-30 repetitions per leg.
The last exercise, or exercises, is the Forward and Backward Squat Walks w/Band around your ankles. The band will be placed right around your ankles. Starting in a squatting position you will begin to step forward, one foot at a time. The movement will essentially be the same for the backwards walk, instead of stepping forward in the squatting position you will take a step backwards.
Do 3 sets of 15-20 STEPS per leg.
Spice up your next workout and add one or all three into the line up. Let us know what you think!