Having one glute bigger than the other is a common complaint by both men and women. Some say “my glute won’t fire up” or “my left glute is asleep”. One thing to keep in mind is that you’re definitely not weird for having a bigger glute than the other! Everyone on this planet has uneven glutes – just some may be more noticeable than others.
Here’s everything you need to know about glute imbalance and how to fix it!
A possible reason may be a result of having a “favourable leg”, for example when you stand, lean or play sports. Therefore this leads to one leg or glute to be more dominant, ultimately causing glute imbalance.
Also, a noticeable number of people are now living sedentary lifestyles, due to their work-life or coming home and sitting on the couch. Unfortunately, this means that the glute muscles remain ‘inactive’ and dormant more than they should me??
If glutes aren’t properly fired up, hip movement, muscle function – as well as posture, strength and stability – suffer. Here are the signs to look for that indicate if one glute is weaker than the other.
When you train your legs or glutes, if you feel only one glute is sore. That could be a sign of glute imbalance.
If any of these tests expose glute weakness, there are a few things you can do to restore glute balance and improve glute function.
A couple of steps can be followed in order to rebuild the weaker or smaller glute and essentially, cure uneven glutes.
For many of us, our glutes tend to be ‘switched off’ – this is normally okay since an increasing number of us live inactive lifestyles.
Proper glute activation is key to ensure that the weak glute is fired up before any sort of exercise or training such as squats or deadlifts.
Activation can come in the forms of:
Once you are able to activate your glutes, now it’s time to strengthen them with various exercises. Check out this blog post for some great booty exercises!
A good idea would be to focus on single-leg exercises on the weaker glute until somewhat of a balance is restored.
These may include:
So now you know why you have one glute bigger than the other, and a simple but effective plan to fix your uneven glutes.
It is important to remain aware and put effort into ‘firing up’ your glutes in order to strengthen and build them up. Training up your weaker glute is one thing, but then be aware and don’t forget to train both glutes together to avoid having one glute bigger than the other… again!
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