This is probably our most popular monthly focus, for obvious reasons. Who doesn’t want a great booty? BUT….as you know, at Core Fitness what our butts look like is not the primary concern. We’ve chosen this focus because strong glute muscles are an extremely important part of your overall fitness, and definitely a worthy thing to focus on in our workouts.
Most of us don’t think about the vital role that our glutes play in our bodies. “The glutes hold our pelvis level and steady, extend our hip, propel us forward, and keep our legs, pelvis and torso aligned.”(runnersworld.com) In addition, because they are very large muscles, working them helps increase your metabolic rate, thus increasing your total calorie burn, (menshealth.com). And of course, there is always the added benefit of a nice round booty! ☺
The average American spends a lot of their time sitting. The nature of our lifestyle has made us way more sedentary than we are designed to be, so our muscles suffer as a result. The glutes may be some of the muscles MOST affected by this behavior. Sitting on your glutes for 8 to 12 hours a day does not provide those muscles with the amount of activity for which they are designed, so they eventually become weak and ineffective. Common problems caused by this weakness in our glutes include knee pain, weak ankles and feet, tight hip flexors, poor movement mechanics, and back issues, (t-nation.com). Sitting all the time isn’t helping the shape of your booty either.
As always, our focus for this month is meant to bring your attention to an extremely important and neglected muscle group. We will be implementing weights, bodyweight work, plyometrics and other various methods to strengthen the glute muscles throughout the month. The challenge for Booty February is squats, so touch base with one of our trainers to discuss your squat goals. Maybe you are looking to increase the weight you can squat, improve your squat form, learn an advanced squat, or just increase your stamina. Whatever improvement you want to make, we are here to help you get there!