The Proper Way to Activate Your Glutes

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.

Strong glutes are a must-have for athletic success. These action packed muscles add power to your stride, pedal stroke, and more. But, when it comes to your butt, there tends to be an all or nothing mentality. Anyone can squeeze their booty, that does not mean they’re engaging it effectively. Try it for yourself – get up, clench, and try to walk around. Not a great feeling, right?

While a lazy booty forces supporting muscles to work overtime, a “buns of steel” approach will not allow you to properly harness the driving power of your glutes. By clamping down on your muscles you will end up compressing your lower back which can lead to strain.

Identify the middle ground that allows you to isolate, activate, and fire your glutes.

 

Tip: Call in reinforcements! 

Guide your body towards proper form by pairing basic Yoga props with the Balance Your Booty Reset Routines. Once you have trained your muscles to activate correctly, you will have an easier time recreating the movements on your own.

It’s never too late to Hit-Reset and bring your backside to the forefront!

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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.

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