Legs, Bums and Tums (LBT) has been around since the early 1990s and is still a staple on many fitness timetables. Although its popularity started off due to its ability to tighten and tone the areas many women want to focus their efforts on, we are increasingly aware of the broader benefits of strong gluteal muscles, aka “The Bum”, over purely the aesthetics. So, what else can we expect from strengthening our glutes?
The gluteals (a group of three muscles) work closely with the hamstrings (another group of three muscles) to extend, rotate and abduct the hip. They also help stabilise the pelvis, particularly during walking, running and climbing. Therefore, by strengthening the gluteals, you can improve your posture, may reduce lower back pain, and hip and knee pain can be lessened. With the increase in problems in these areas, partly due to the “sitting epidemic”, this must be the top reason; to improve your general health.
Additionally, as we have mentioned in the past (see my blog from December 2018), if we increase our muscle mass, we increase our metabolic rate, which leads to more calories being burnt off at rest. So, focusing on big muscle groups, such as the glutes, will get faster results. With many people looking to maximise results in minimum time, this is the second reason for me.
Another benefit of lower body weight training is that it helps maintain bone density, which naturally reduces from the age of about 30, and in worst case scenarios, can lead to osteoporosis (a progressive bone disease) in later life. Whilst “old age” may seem a way off for some of us, it is hard to improve bone density once we have lost it, so we are much better to ensure we do some weight bearing exercise regularly, to help reduce this risk.
If you do any other sports, the training your glutes will improve your athletic performance, since the glutes are responsible for acceleration, deceleration, changing direction and creating explosive power when jumping. Or maybe it will simply improve your play/sport with your children/grandchildren?!
Wow, there’s definitely more to the glutes, than simply having a “peachy backside” then!
So, now you know why strong gluteal muscles are important, how can you train them? Glute exercises such as squats are included in many classes, but if you want to focus your efforts, then Groovy Glutes is the class for you. It focuses on strengthening and toning the gluteal muscles and core using resistance bands and dance moves to great music, creating a fun, empowering and effective class. Check out our timetable for classes, or join us at our launch on 11th October, with the creator of this fabulous class, the lovely Nectaria. It’s going to be an amazing experience!