Glute activation exercises to add strength and mobility to your glutes. Ideal to do as a warm-up or as a part of your mobility routine.
Glutes are the powerhouse of your hips and they are one of the strongest and most versatile muscles of the human body.
Glutes play a part in almost every function of the hip: extension, abduction, adduction and in both internal and external rotation. In order to have a strong and mobile lower body, your glute muscles (maximum, medius and minimus) need to be in a good shape.
Women use countless of drills to strengthen and shape their glutes. Many athletes also spend lots of time on mobilizing their glutes because glutes generate lots of power and agility in the lower body.
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It's possible that your glutes are strong in some limited aspects, but weak and immobile in some other functions. The drills below can open up your glutes and work all parts of the glutes. These drills mostly consist of hip extension, hip external rotation and hip abduction.
All of these glute activation exercises are done in an external rotation (feet pointing outwards) to increase the activation of the glute muscles. The external rotation increases the engagement of gluteus medius and the lower fibers of gluteus maximus. External rotation also makes it easier to abduct the hip.
You don't need to use a bench if you don't have one available. Glute bridges are very effective alone as well.
These exercises are ideal to do as a warm up or as a part of your leg / glute / mobility workout.