Your glutes are in fact a group of three muscles - each with a slightly different role - but all of them are important in keeping you feeling better, performing better and looking better.
They aren’t just there to look good in jeans!
Reason 1: The feel better factor.
Your Glutes are primarily there to extend your hip - give you the power to push off your leg, to stabilise your hips and to stabilise the pelvis and low back.
If for some reason your glutes aren't coming to the party, other muscles try to help out, or other parts of the body like your low back start to work harder and do more.
In fact , if you are a person with chronically tight hamstrings you might be surprised to know that strengthening your glutes may in fact loosen the feeling of tightness in your hamstring.
Well, if you aren't using your glute to extend the hip - the hamstring is one of the helper muscles that may just try to take over.
Here is a simple test to try - set yourself up to do a glute bridge exercise.
Do the movement however you normally would and pause and hold at the top (see picture above) - if you feel it mainly in your hamstring - or your hamstring cramps - chances are your glutes aren't doing the job and the hamstrings are copping it.
Get the Glutes back into action - healthy and strong again - and you will decrease the chances of low back pain, hamstring tightness, knee pain and even foot pain.
Reason 2: The Perform Better Factor.
Your glutes are a big dense set of muscles that can create a huge amount of force. They are the powerhouse that drives our ability to walk, run, jump and play all the sports we love.
If you are after the competitive edge in most sports - it would pay off to get the glutes working. Strengthened for explosive power and push off, and better conditioned for endurance sports that involve repeated hip extension or in the case of runners - hip and pelvis st