Gluteus Maximus ExercisesNo butts about it, we all feel we could use a little help with the backside. Here is the basic anatomy and kinesiology behind it. Hopefully, this will help you simplify your tush-enhancing goal.

There are three main muscles that comprise your butt: the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. The function of the gluteus maximus (G-max) is primarily upper leg thigh extension. Examples would be moving the upper leg backward as in rising from a squat position, the same with bent-leg dead lifting. The G-med and G-min perform similar functions, depending on the position of the knee and hip joints.

With the knee extended, they abduct the thigh (out to the side away from the opposite leg). Some effective exercises to work the gluteus maximus would be squats, single and double leg leg press, one legged split squat, Romanian dead-lift, glute/hamstring raise and glute press. Exercises that work the gluteus medius and gluteus minimus seated hip abduction machines and thigh abduction.

Always remember to hit all angles when working your glutes. A well balanced workout makes for a well rounded backside.

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