Glute Strength and a Pain Free Lower Back
Our classes will always work the whole body – however, you may find in some classes you do a lot of work on the bum and tummy muscles. This is for a particular reason; Pilates is known for helping with back pain and improving core strength.
The Gluteal (bum) muscles are part of ‘the core’, and have a massive impact on how your hips and pelvis are positioned. If you have weaker bum muscles you could have poor posture through the lower back and potentially more likely to have hip and knee issues.
You may have heard our instructors talking about ‘neutral spine’ in class. To find your neutral spine you need to use a lot of muscles in the tummy, BUT also the Glute muscles – should these muscles not be working properly, you may find it difficult to get into the right positions in your class, and may be at more risk of suffering from lower back pain or stiffness.
Neutral spine refers to the correct postural position of your lower spine. Having poor posture can cause lower back pain. Thus, Glute strength can have an impact on preventing or lessening lower back pain.
So how can you make sure you are keeping your Glutes strong and your lower back safe?
In our newsletter this month we gave you tips and techniques on the lunge exercise – there is also an at home version. This exercise is good for strengthening the Glute and thigh muscles, it’s also good for keeping hips flexible.
Here are seven cues to perfect your dynamic lunge in class (or your reverse lunge at home) and improve both the flexibility and strength of the buttocks:
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