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If you follow any fitness accounts on Instagram then you’ve probably heard about “activating your glutes”! I had a look into what this means and how to do it. Simply put, activating your glutes means turning them on and ensuring they get a good workout!
Why do we need to activate our glutes?
Our glutes should get used during nearly every leg based exercise, but have you noticed that after a squat or lunge session your quads and hamstrings are sore but you can’t feel your glutes at all? This happens because your glutes have not been active during your exercise session – they have not been focussed on and therefore end up getting neglected. There is much debate over what has caused our glutes to generally become so inactive, but a popular reason is that we spend so much of our time sitting down (hello desk job!). When we sit down we don’t use our glutes, and you know the saying; “If you don’t use it, you lose it!”
How to activate them
So to get your glutes switched on, stimulated, and more likely to partake in the rest of your workout, sometimes it helps to do glute activating exercises prior to commencing any other leg exercises. This will maximise the work your glutes are doing throughout your leg workout as well as during these glute specific exercises. Here are 3 exercises that you can do to activate your glutes at the start of a workout: