Powerful Hips and Glutes separate great athletes from good athletes. The hips and glutes are your power center. Great athletes dominate athletic movements with the hips, glutes, quadriceps and hamstrings. All of these muscle regions need to work properly or you will not compete on a high level.
Hips and glutes injuries will put you out of the game. It is impossible to run, jump and cut with power if your hips or glutes are injured. Hips and glutes injuries can also cause hamstring and other injuries. You can lessen your risks of these injuries with proper training.
The glutes don't fire properly when the hip flexors (psoas, iliacus, tensor fascia latae, etc.) are overactive or tight. This can happen due to poor flexibility or prolonged sitting. When the hip flexors don't work properly, its antagonist (mainly the gluteus maximus) becomes weak.
It is important to keep your hips and glutes conditioned all year with challenging exercises and workouts.
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