By Garrett Nelson, Strength & Conditioning Coach and Owner at Victory Athletics
There is an old adage that the best athletes have the biggest butts. Not only do the glutes have the greatest cross sectional area, a measure of muscle size, but they simply just produce when asked. They help with almost every athletic movement and they help prevent most traumatic injuries. A good, strong, healthy set of glutes should be paramount in an athlete’s training program, no matter the sport.
ACL tear? Need stronger glutes, specifically Medius. Not jumping high enough for a rebound? Try building a more powerful set of glutes. Not getting the bar high enough to get under your clean? Glutes! From training to performing on court, your glutes are purely a necessity.
Athos can help you develop them by better understanding:
1 - Are your glutes firing properly during the warm up?
2 - Are your glutes activating during the right exercises? (i.e. squats/deadlifts)
3 - Do your glutes help you absorb and return impact? (i.e sprinting/jumping/cutting)
4 - At what point do your glutes fatigue and leave you out to dry? (higher injury risk!)
5 - How much stress is proper to help develop your glutes?
These five questions can all be answered by using Athos Training System to monitor glute contribution at a muscular level. Tracking the stress placed on your muscles gives you insights into how your body is performing during various movements which can be key indicators of where you need to improve to achieve movement efficiency as you optimize performance.
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