Glute Medius - The Weakest Muscle in Your Lower Body!ATHLEAN-X™
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Your glute medius is pound for pound the weakest muscle in your lower body. This is because unless you are directly training it, the glute medius is going to have a tendency to get weak and dominated by the more heavily concentrated on muscles like the quads and hamstrings. In this video, I show you how to easily address the weakness in the glute medius muscle and three ways to progress the exercises depending on your current strength level.
First thing you need to know is whether or not you have a glute medius that is too weak. If you get knee pain during squats or deadlifts, you may very well have a weak glute medius on one or both sides. If you get an intense burn and fatigue in your hips when you do a simple side leg lift, you may in fact have weak glutes. If your hips drop when you stand on one leg, you most definitely have a weakness and it needs to be addressed.
Here I show you a basic bodyweight exercise to strengthen the glute medius. This is a great option since it is closed chain. This means in the case of this exercise, that the foot is in contact with the ground on the working leg as you train the muscles in the hips. The leg furthest from the wall is the one you will be working on.
Begin by lifting the leg closest to the wall and bending the hip and knee ninety degrees. From here allow your left leg muscles to get lazy as you let your pelvis drop to the right. You should now see that your pelvis and hips are slanted down and to the right a pretty good amount. The only way you will be able to restore a level pelvis is to slowly and concertedly contract the glute medius on the left leg.
Try to slowly contract this muscle to lift the hips back up to level and even a bit beyond. You should feel an intense squeeze in your glutes on the left leg if you are doing this correctly. Aim to complete 20 reps in a slow controlled fashion if you can. If this variation is too easy, simply place the physioball on the wall on the outside of your non working leg. You will now use the resistance of the ball to make the driving of the outside hip even harder.
Finally, you may use a band if you need to make the exercise even more difficult. Likely, you will find that you don’t even need much resistance as you have allowed this muscle to get weak by ignoring it for too long. Stop overlooking any muscle and start training like an athlete. See your best gains by letting muscles work together that prefer to work together at http://athleanx.com and in the ATHLEAN-X Training System.
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