Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Training The Glutes

As triathlon, cycling, and running coaches - we rarely work with athletes who are too strong, too powerful or too flexible; therefore, we recognize the benefits of functional strength training. The glutes (gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, gluteus minimus) are an extremely powerful muscle group - arguably the "powerhouse" of the entire body for sport movements. When functioning properly, the glutes improve performance in any sport that involves using the legs and can also prevent injury, such as low-back, knee pain, and calf/foot pain.

Our August training tips centered around the glutes and included exercises to strengthen the glutes (any many other lower-extremity muscle groups) in all three planes of motion (front-to-back, side-to-side, and rotational).

Click Below for handouts a video of functional training exercises for the glutes:

  • Training the Glutes - Video
  • Training the Glutes - Lunge With Rotation (see below)
  • Training the Glutes - Lunge Hop (see below)

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