Don’t you just love that moment in the movie ‘Gladiator’ when Russel Crowe announces his character’s name “Maximus Decimus Meridius”?! Such a powerful name, such a powerful scene!
Well it turns out your very own bootè has one of those strong Latin names and is a very powerful muscle too! Your backside houses the biggest muscle in the body, the Gluteus Maximus, along with the Gluteus Medius and Gluteus Minimus. This area of the anatomy has in recent times become a fashionable asset, though some of the ways and means of attaining a larger bumper are somewhat macabre, with Frankenstein-esque implants and injections gaining popularity, unfortunately with dire consequences for some.
Outside of aesthetics however, the glute max has a very important role to play and should never be overlooked in anyone’s fitness regime.
A strong set of glute’s is part of the body’s ‘core’ and is essential for protecting the back and spinal column. Slack or weakened buttocks are often the culprit for painful back problems. So it is essential to make sure the G-max, med & min are honed to peachy perfection.
The science of Butt’ology is needed to learn how to safely and effectively tone your tush. Fortunately there is an abundance of exercise methods to chose from including high impact plyometrics to gentle Pilates, ballet barre and not forgetting good old LBT (legs, bums & tums) classes, with all those endless squats and lunges!
All of us should keep this area fit and firm and it’s a good idea to seek the advice of a personal trainer to show you proper technique or join a class with a qualified instructor, especially if you have any health concerns, such as knee or hip injuries.
So remember toning your bum cheeks is not just about looking cute in your skinny jeans. It is also, and primarily, about staying strong and functional.
How many different words did I use there to describe your money maker?!
– This article has been published in the April edition of Life Magazines – http://www.lifemagazines.co.uk