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.