Stretching Series – Glutes
Hi friends! Another Monday is upon us. Let’s get through this week asap so I can go home for winter break!
So I wanted to tell you that yesterday morning at the gym I completed Courtney’s running Pyramid Treadmill Workout and it was awesome! You guys have to try it. I was dying by the end, but it felt good to be challenged like that!
Sometimes it’s really nice to use workouts that other bloggers have come up with :). There are just some days that I don’t want to think about what I have to do haha.
Let’s get back to my stretching series, shall we? I kind of forgot to do one last week…oops :P. In case you’ve missed the previous ones, here they are:
Today, it’s all about the bootay…or to be more anatomically correct, the gluteus muscles. Our butts actually consist of 3 different gluteal muscles, but I’ll just focus on the largest ones – gluteus maximus.
Our glutes are powerful muscles that help keep our trunks in an erect posture. They also help our bodies go against gravity when walking up stairs.
1. Lying glute stretch
Lie down on the floor or a mat. Bend knees and cross one leg over the thigh of the other leg. Grasp the back of the thigh (of the leg that isn’t crossed) with both hands and pull toward your stomach.
2. Stacked knee glute stretch
Stack your knees on top of one another, and with bent knees bring your feet back toward your hips. If your hips are tight, your top leg probably won’t lie flat- that’s fine! Lean forward to stretch.
3. Seated glute stretch
This is similar to the lying glute stretch. Sit with legs bent and cross one ankle over the thigh of the other leg. Bring your foot that is on the ground as close to your body as possible while keeping the crossed knee from coming in toward your body.
4. Pigeon pose
From and all fours position, bring one leg forward and rest your outer thigh on the ground. Extend your other leg behind you so that it is straight.
5. Standing glute stretch
From a standing position, cross one ankle over your other thigh and squat down. Make sure to keep bent leg flat (don’t let it raise upward).
I hope you all have an amazing Monday!
What is your favorite way to stretch out your glutes?
Do you like doing workouts that other bloggers have posted?