You’ve heard it all before. As runners we need to work on developing stronger, more effective glutes.
I certainly think we (the Sports Medicine communtiy) are all in agreement that runners need their gluteal muscles to be functioning properly, not least for the benefit of our knees and lower back. In fact the consequences of gluteal dysfunction can be wide-reaching across the body.
While ‘do your butt exercises’ is a consistent message being delivered to runners, I’m often surprised how infrequently we discuss the differences between the different muscles that comprise the glute complex.
In the video below, I take a few minutes to explain the differences between Gluteus Maximus, Gluteus Medius and Gluteus Minimus; their individual anatomy, functions and role in running gait.