One of the most overlooked muscle areas of a runner is the backside. Okay, well, maybe it’s not “overlooked.” Maybe “paid attention to.” Nope, that’s not quite right either. Hmm… I got it! One of the most under worked muscle groups of runners are the glutes (gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus). Yep, the derriere, the bum, the hind quarters, the tush. Weak buttocks have been the culprit in ending more running seasons than possibly any other running-related injury.
The gluteus maximus is the attention getter—the J. Lo of the group. But of the three gluteal muscles, the gluteus medius is a key muscle to focus on when it comes to running. This muscle (along with the gluteus minimus) helps to externally and internally rotate the thigh. It’s also a hip abductor (helps to pull the thigh away from the body). Okay, now I know what your thinking, “I don’t externally or internally rotate my thigh nor do I abduct my thigh when I run.” Correct. However, the gluteus medius is key in stabilization of the hips/pelvis.
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