Stretching Of Glutes

stretching glutes

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Sitting on the floor with one leg stretched out and the other leg bent with your foot on the floor and moving from the outer side of your leg stretched. Press on the outer side of your knee bent with your opposite elbow. This exercise mainly stretches the muscles of the gluteus maximus and the lateral rotator group (piriformis, gemellus superior, obturator internus, gemellus inferior, quadratus femoris and obturator externus).

Variant

It’s possible to press on your knee with your 2 hands.

lateral rotator group muscles hip

stretching glutes variant

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Seated Machine Hip Abductions

seated machine hip abductions

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seated machine hip abductions

Sitting on the machine :

  • Force your legs apart as far as possible

When the machine’s seat is inclined, it’s gluteus medius that works. When the machine’s seat is slightly inclined or vertical, it’s the upper part of the gluteus maximus that works. The ideal is to vary the torso’s inclinaison in the same set.

Example

10 reps with your back glued on the machine’s seat and 10 reps with your torso leaning forward.

seated machine hip abductions variations torso forward

This exercise is excellent for women because it tone the upper part of the hip. It gives the buttocks a rounded appearance, making the waist look slimmer.

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Floor Hip Abductions

foor hip abductions

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Lie on your side with your head and shoulders on line :

  • Raise your leg to an angle of 70 degrees (at the most off the floor, always keeping you knee extended).

 

  • Back to the starting position

 

gluteal muscles iseertions

This exercise works gluteus medius and gluteus maximus, It’s possible to make this movement with a large amplitude or a small amplitude. You can do an isometric contraction holding the position for a few seconds at the end of abduction.

gluteal gluteus meduis maximus

You can raise your leg slightly forward or slightly backward or vertically.

foor hip abductions leg vertically backward forward

To increase the difficulty, you can use a resistance band or strap a soft weight around you ankles or use a low pulley.

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Standing Machine Hip Abduction

standing machine hip abduction gluteus medius

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Standing on the machine on one leg. The outer side of the other leg is gluted to the pad below the knee joint (close to your ankle) :

  • Raise the leg as high as possible and slowly return to the starting position by controlling the movement.

Attention

standing machine hip abduction gluteus minimus

Abduction is limited because the femur’s neck is quickly bumping on the edge of the cotyloid cavity.

This exercise works gluteus medius and gluteus maximus. For best results, it’s advisable to work with high reps.

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Individual Variations In Hip Mobility

hip mobility

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Without taking into account the individual differences in muscle elasticity and ligament laxity, it’s bone shape of the hip joint that determines the main variation in hip mobility.

It’s mainly in the amplitude of hip abduction that bone configuration plays an important role.

Examples

  • An almost horizontal femoral neck (coxo vara) with an upper edge of the important cotyloid cavity and covering, will limit abduction movements.

  • An almost vertical femoral neck (coxa valga) with an upper edge of the less important cotyloid cavity will facilitate abduction movements.

This means that it is useless to raise the leg very high laterally if the morphology doesn’t allow it.

Attention

If someone forces the hip’s abductions, femur’s neck will bump on the cotyloid cavity edge. And this person will compensate the lateral raise of the leg with a pelvic tilt on the femur head of the other leg. It should be added that forcing oneself to make abduction sets may, over time, create microtraumas in some people that will cause excessive development of the cotyloid cavity upper edge. This has the consequence of limiting the hip’s mobility and creating painful inflammations.

hip mobility abduction

hip mobility abduction

hip mobility abduction coxa vara valga bone morphology

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Cable Hip Abductions

Cable Hip Abductions anatomy

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Cable Hip Abductions

Standing on one leg. Your other leg attached a low pulley to your ankle and your opposite hand placed on the machine to stabilize your body :

  • Raise your leg as high as possible

This exercise works mainly gluteus medius and gluteus minimus placed in more depth. For a better efficiency, it’s advisable to do set with high reps until the sensation of burns.

gluteal msucles insertions anatomy

Abductions anatomy

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Stretching Of Gluteus Maximus And Hamstrings

stretching gluteus maximus hamstrings

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Lie on your back with your legs stretched out on the floor :

  • Bring gently to your torso one leg with the knee flexed. This is help relax hamstrings with the help of your hands.

  • Maintain this position by breathing slowly and trying to really feel the stretching of the gluteus maximus muscle.

  • Back to the starting position and change of leg.

Variant

stretching gluteus maximus hamstrings

It’s possible to make this movement by bringing back to your torso a leg with the knee in extension. The stretching will be more intense on hamstrings and less on gluteus maximus. For some people, the tension of hamstrings will limit the flexion of the hip.

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