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.

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