Gluteus Maximus

The Gluteus Maximus, along with the gluteus medius and the gluteus minimus, are collectively referred to as ‘the glutes.’  The gluteus maximus is responsible for three different actions.

  • It kicks the leg back…such as walking or ascending stairs
  • It supports the pelvis on the thigh….which is important for standing on one leg
  • It pushes the pelvis forward when standing from a stooped position….like standing from a squatting or stooped position

Other notable facts regarding the gluteus maximus

  • Between the ages of 30 and 80 years old, there is a strength and mass decline of 30 to 50%
  • Extremely important for balance
  • Key muscle in sacroiliac joint stability
  • Important for healthy low back
  • Strong gluteus maximus decreases low back pain

Mike’s favorite exercise for strengthening the gluteus maximus is the donkey kick. Ask Mike, Chip, or Sharon how to strengthen your glutes.

Mike Pennington

Mike Pennington

Michael Pennington is a physical therapist and the owner of Turning Point Physical Therapy, which is located in beautiful southern Oregon. He is a loving husband, father of six and a master of his trade. Before studying at Pacific University, Michael earned his Eagle Scout and served a full-time 2 year mission in south Africa. He is as accomplished as he is hard working. Al l of his experiences culminate together at his clinic and are evident in his patient care.
Mike Pennington

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