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3 Core Exercises That Actually Target Your Glute Muscles

Most likely you’ve heard you need to strengthen your glutes to avoid injury and to become a stronger runner—but do you know why strong glutes are so important?

There are two glute muscles play a critical role in running: The gluteus maximus and gluteus medius. Without these muscles activating properly running form is compromised. And if either of these muscles aren’t doing their job because they aren’t firing properly or are weak, other muscles must take on the work load of the glutes. As you can imagine this creates an unfair situation and will likely lead to injury. Hamstring injuries are quite often related to glute weakness.

To avoid injury and to utilize the glutes more, runners must strengthen their glute muscles and stretch their hip flexors. Tight hip flexors limit hip extension and can prevent the glutes from firing.

Here are three exercises to include in your core workouts that target these muscles and will help keep firing!

Straight Leg Clamshell

Bent Knee Single Leg Deadlifts

Single Leg Bridges

Race Pace Jess

Jess Underhill fell in love with running during a rough patch in life, a time period most people just refer to as middle school. Twenty-six years later that first runner's high she experienced continues to shape nearly every aspect of her life, including her career. She has a Master's Degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion, is graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is a UESCA Certified Run Coach. Most recently Jess launched Race Pace Run Club, a free virtual run club that welcomes runners of all levels from coast to coast and also meets in-person in NYC. She is an ambassador for Sparkly Soul Headbands