17 minutes ago
🔸This is something I struggled with early on when I started lifting (and eventually got injured because of it). I knew the glutes were important for the obvious movements (squat, deadlift) but it wasn’t until later that I fully grasped the importance of contracting the glutes on virtually every movement
🔸Bench, bicep curls, even delt raises? Yes. The stability, control, and power that permeates through your entire body originated from the glutes and legs. Since this is the case, it makes sense to utilize your glutes whenever physically possible
🔸In my opinion, properly contracting the glutes while lifting should be your 1 priority. Not only will this help you get stronger, but it will also keep you farther away from injury
🔸I know for myself that when I started to become hyper aware of my glutes contracting while lifting (weird, I know), I got stronger, my body awareness increased, compound movements felt much more fluid, and the tightness I would occasionally feel in my lower back disappeared.