Why the belfie girls of Ins tag ram can help cure your back pain

Tak­ing your train­ing cue from so­cial me­dia may not be such a bad thing af­ter all

Men's Fitness - - Fast Track -

There is a cer­tain type of In­sta­gram ac­count – or so we’re told – that fea­tures fe­male fit­ness mod­els and their “belfies” (butt self­ies, of course) promi­nently. Sounds… in­spir­ing? Is that the right word? As it turns out, these glut­ede­voted so­cial me­dia stars may be sub­scribers to the Euro­pean Spine Jour­nal, which re­cently pub­lished a re­port linking glu­teus medius weak­ness to chronic lower back pain. MF joins the Instagrammers and rec­om­mends in­clud­ing glute train­ing in your own regime if you want to avoid com­mon back com­plaints.

One of the best ways to ex­er­cise your glutes - and your en­tire lower body - is to squat. And if you re­ally want to get the most out of the move, you’ll need to go deep be­cause the great­est glute ac­ti­va­tion oc­curs when your thighs pass the point where they’re par­al­lel to the ground, ac­cord­ing to study re­sults pub­lished in the Jour­nal Of Strength And Con­di­tion­ing Re­search. Turn over for our guide to adding squats to your train­ing plan.

HOT TO SQUATI Re­search says squat­ting below hor­i­zon­tal will have the great­est im­pact on glute mus­cle re­cruit­ment

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