Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hips And Glutes Strength And Conditioning

You should continually strengthen and condition your hips and glutes. Your athletic success depends heavily on your hips and glutes.

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.

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.

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.

Don't just train harder, train your body smarter. It will give you an advantage over the competition.

For more help with flexibility, download your Free e-Course, "Stretching Tips e-Course" from The Stretching Institute.

Mark Dilworth, BA, PES

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