A Guide to the Muscles of Your Butt (So You Know Where to Focus Your Exercise!)
When you’re working out, whether at the gym or in the comfort of your home, it’s a good idea to know more about the different muscles that you’re trying to tone up and work.
Not only does this help you to focus your exercise more and get the most out of your workout, but it will also help you to notice if you are getting any pains which you shouldn’t be experiencing!
The Gluteus Medius
The gluteus medius is the muscle towards the side of your butt and just below your hips.
There are several exercises you can do which will specifically target this part.
Jumping jacks are particularly good at toning this area, and squats can also help you to tone it.
With this muscle, injuries can occur if you regularly exercise by running, since the muscle is often weak and has to work harder while running.
If you want to avoid injuries while doing cardio, concentrate on exercises to strengthen your gluteus medius.
The Gluteus Maximus
One of the strongest muscles in the human body, the gluteus maximus is responsible for a lot of the movement around your hip, thigh and buttock region.
Getting an injury with this particular muscle can make movement very difficult.
Working to get it as stronger as possible means that you will have more freedom of movement, not to mention your butt will look great too!
The gluteus maximus is the muscle which is located more towards the center of the buttocks, and in order to tone it up, you can do sets of 10-20 lunges and planks.
When you exercise by doing lunges, start off by adding some small dumbbells in order to increase resistance and get more out of your workout.
The Gluteus Minimus
Located just below the gluteus maximus, the gluteus minimus is the main muscle which is responsible for making your butt look more perky.
While not as strong as the gluteus maximus, toning this muscle will make you see some incredible overall results.
Squats are a great way to tone this muscle, particularly if you use barbells and dumbbells during the movement.
You can also do hamstring raises which will help to improve the whole area from your gluteus minimus and further down your thighs too.