This article is an excerpt from Hit Reset: Revolutionary Yoga for Athletes by Erin Taylor. In this comprehensive guide, Taylor identifies the 10 most common issues holding athletes back and gives specific poses to solve them. In addition, the book incorporates breathing and focus exercises to make you a stronger athlete in both body and mind.
Your booty is the boss of your push-off initiating the action of moving your body forward in all physical pursuits. Getting your rear in gear by activating your glutes will optimize your power in any workout or sport.PROBLEM: Lazy glutes set off a chain reaction of imbalance. When they are not doing their job, muscles including the quads, hamstrings, the muscles around your low back, and even the calves have to work overtime. This leads to all kinds of compensation pain and the most common running injuries.
The Gluteus Maximus occupies the bottom portion of each cheek and is the largest of your glute muscles – it should be doing most of the work!
SOLUTION: Wake up your butt by activating and strengthening your glute max. Locate the place where your butt meets your hamstrings, and they will be easier to engage.
Once you have determined where your imbalances lie, incorporate the Reset Routines to balance the front/back body musculature of the lower body, add power to your stride and prevent low back pain.
Gain balance, strength, and mobility with Hit Reset: Revolutionary Yoga For Athletes by Erin Taylor. The HIT RESET approach uses yoga to solve the specific problems you face as an athlete. Her revolutionary way to do yoga can improve functional strength, flexibility, muscle recruitment, breathing and focus, core strength, and durability.