June 10, 2022 2 min read
strengthening glutes and hamstrings is crucial for improving overall performance, physical health and balance.
Glutes are the largest muscle group in the posterior chain and provide foundational strength for the lower body; they are more formally known — to us the muscles in your butt.
Glute workout is key for increasing posterior chain strength, power, and performance. Some of exercises to activate your glutes includes:-
Glute bridge workout helps you to increase glute activation, strength, and muscle hypertrophy. This exercise doesn't require any equipment at all, it can be done anywhere.
You can use this exercise to tighten and tone the glutes and core.
Hamstrings are a group of muscles which run along the backside of your thigh, in between your hips and knees on either side. They are vitally important for mobility, and they work in coexistence with the glutes to rotate the hip.
Some of exercises to activate your hamstrings includes:-
This hip-hinging exercise primarily targets the hamstrings, but benefits the glutes and lower back muscles as well.
This exercise provides full-body stabilization as well as direct hamstring activation.
The kettlebell swing strengthens your core, glutes, hamstrings, quads, back, delts and arms which also helps to improve balance and posture.
Glutes and hamstring exercise helps to improve knee and back pain, and better overall athletic performance. Three of the main compound exercises which can workout both muscles are listed below.
Barbell hip thrusts help to perform hip extension and overload the glute muscles as well as activate the lower body (hamstrings).
The conventional or straight leg deadlift uses mainly the lower back and hamstrings due to only a hip hinge movement. You can perform this exercise with a dumbbell, kettlebell or your own bodyweight.
The dumbbell split squat is a compound leg exercise that targets the legs with an emphasis on the glutes and hamstrings. This move also improves hip mobility and core stability.