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
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