Why you can’t get a great butt
SO MANY people struggle to get a great-shaped butt in the gym or to look after their hips by developing strong glute muscles (the shortened name for gluteal muscles).
This saying explains what commonly holds the glutes back – you can’t fire a cannon from a canoe.
The glutes are the biggest muscle in the body. We need them to stand up, walk and run.
They are also crucial for your lower back and hip health. They need to be strong. Therefore they need a stable base to work from.
The stable base we’re talking about in this case is the pelvis. If the abdominal muscles aren’t working well to anchor the pelvis, your glutes would literally wrench your pelvis around, causing pelvic and spinal damage. Your body is smart enough to know not to fire a cannon from a canoe, so your glutes won’t work well.
So what’s the solution? Simple – create a battle ship from which to fire your cannon.
At the Kaizen Centre we commonly find that when abdominal strength improves, glute function does too.
There can also be some less obvious problems that we also see halting progress from building the perfect booty.
Gut issues such as constipation, diarrhoea and bloating can stop your abdominals from working well. An inflamed gut does not like to be squashed by contracting abdominals. Sometimes you need to fix the gut to get the glutes.
We talked about some of the exercises we routinely use to strengthen the abdominal muscles in an earlier article. You can look these up on our Facebook page if you’re interested.
Exercises to improve the function and appearance of your rear end include squats, lunges and dead lifts.
While we love these exercises, it’s important to remember the glutes like to work in diagonal and sideways movements too, so we also include these exercises in our programs.
We’ll post some of these on our Facebook page to show you some of our favourite moves.
If you’re looking to build battleships and cannons to look after your hips or fill out your jeans, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOU GOTTA LIFT: Glute and abdominal exercises will get you the butt you want.