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The glutes are made up of three gluteal muscles- the gluteous maximus, gluteous medius and the gluteous minimus.

The gluteous maximus is the largest of the glutes and is the most powerful muscle of the human body. It provides strength and stability to the trunk, thighs and hips and is involved with nearly all human movements. It is the most superficial of the glutes, lending some of its responsibility to support the “bubble.”

It was the glutes that allowed our ancestors to stand erect and to become a bipedal species. Throughout our evolutionary history, our glutes have played a major role in our mobility, strength, and you guessed it- sex. Evolutionarily speaking, having strong, round glutes is sexually-attractive. Females with small waistlines, hourglass hips and a round derriere were perceived as strong and healthy members of the tribe- women you wanted to fornicate with and have bear your children.

Jessica Biel; Actress, Model and Fitness Enthusiast,  Scarlett Johansson; Actress, Voted Esquire Magazine’s Sexiest Woman Alive polled 100 women to ask for the “Top 10 Male Body Parts Women Love” and guess what? Yep… a “buff butt” was number 1. And in other polls and studies, women were asked about what attracts them to a mate. In most cases, a strong bum was identified, as it showed power, strength, speed, athleticism and sexuality. It’s not just men looking for a nice, strong, round booty; women like them too! Men with well-shaped glutes indicate strength and virility. In an evolutionary sense, men you wanted to give you (and of course, help you make) children.

Wes Welker; Wide Receiver in the NFL, loved by women (and men) all over America

Matthew McConaughey; Actor, Voted People’s Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive

The (collective) glute muscles are involved in nearly all human movements including standing, squatting, hinging, sprinting, leaping, agility (moving side to side, like a cutting motion) and twisting. The gluteous maximus begins at the top of the pelvis and wraps around to the bottom of the hip, connecting to the front side of the femur/ thigh. This gives you the power to squat, sprint, jump and cut- all imperative abilities of successful athletes.


NFL scouts, when looking for new and upcoming star athletes, look at the glutes. ESPN posted an article “Call of Booty” in which the author, David Fleming quotes an NFL Quarterback, “…”Maybe normal people don’t discuss this all day long, but we sure do,” says Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. “Every strength coach I’ve ever been around, it’s glute, glute, glute — always, always, always. It’s a broken record. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the phrase ‘You want to look better going than coming.”

Fleming continued to write, “No one looks better in the rear view than Dontari Poe, the NFL’s new gold standard in badonkadonk.  At the combine, the 346-pound nose tackle from Memphis made scouts’ hearts race after he ran a 4.98 40-yard dash in a pair of impossibly large compression shorts. Instantly, Poe’s bouncing, bodacious bubble butt (also referred to in scouting parlance as the shelf, high ass, assy, great hips, the crevice and the timeless classic “big enough to land airplanes on”) turned the usually taciturn fraternity of football scouts into a chatty horde of Sir Mix-a-Lots.

Fleming included an actual quoted narrative from the  NFL Network TV feed between Mike Mayock, Michael Lombardi and Warren Sapp:

                    Mayock: “You guys, look at that butt … are you kidding me?”

                    Sapp: “That looked so good, didn’t it? Holy smokes.”

                    Mayock: “I’m sorry, I’m getting all excited.”

                    Lombardi: “Oh … “

                    Mayock: “I’m beside myself.”

                    Lombardi: “That butt, now that’s where you get your power from.”

Glutes are so prominent in the NHL that a Vancouver-based apparel company, Lululemon, actually markets a line of pants with a wider cut in the seat for “hockey butt.”  Even baseball players rely of these power-lending muscles for their game. A baseball player’s swing is derived from the legs and glutes- the feet plant, knees bend and the bat swings through the trunk with a turn and push off the back foot, from the ball of the foot up through the calf, hamstring, and yep, you guessed it- the final push comes from the ever-s0-powerful glutes!


Olympic sprinters, hurdlers, vaulters (see Erika, below) and other explosive power athletes owe much of their famed success to their glutes!

Erika Prezerakou; Pole Vault Olympian

Strong Glutes are essential for a strong core and back. Lower back injuries are often a result of weakened, untrained and atrophied gluteal muscles. With weak glutes, an upright posture is laborious, lending to anterior or posterior pelvic tilts. These tilts lend to a weak core, weak posture and often to a bulging stomach.  This is especially important if you sit all day in cubicle, essentially turning your glute muscles “off” (not to mention the constant squishing!) When you sit all day, the load that your glutes typically manage is left to the (much smaller and typically more inflexible) hamstrings, and even worse, the lumbar spine. There is a correlation between low back pain (injuries) and hyper-flexibility in the low back, weak/untrained/dysfunctional glutes and tight hamstrings. Glutes should be activated, regularly, and trained for strength.


Marianne Kane;



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