Neuromuscular Activation Exercises (Glutes)

Neuromuscular Activation Exercises (Glutes)

 

Glutes are commonly underused in the general population, due to sitting down for long periods of time at work. Common problems we see are weak/inactive glutes, tight hamstrings and tight hips. It is an advantage to make sure muscles are activated or ‘turned on’ before your workout.

 

Activation exercises are a great way to get the blood flowing during your warm up/prep.

 

Did you know they also assist in teaching your body neuromuscular activation patterns used during your gym sessions and sport performance?

 

Using bands to assist your warm up and activate your glutes to make sure they are firing in the correct sequence will make a huge difference to performance.

 

Glutes the biggest and most important muscle you can train for sport and lifting, they are the first to fire and biggest part of the posterior chain, so get activating!

 

My go to activation exercises that I include in warm ups are:

 

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