Last week I discussed how much targeting my glutes has helped improve my running performance over the past 2 months. For those of you who have been wondering if your own glutes are up to par, here is a helpful follow up blog!
This is a great test for glute max strength so give it a try at home! You do not need any equipment.
- Lie on the floor with your arms across your chest and feet shoulder width apart.
- Lift your bum off the floor so that you are only balancing on your shoulder blades and heels.
- Now try to lift your left leg! Can you do it? How long can you hold it for?
- Now try to lift your right leg! Can you do it? How long can you hold it for? Is it easier or harder than when you lifted your left leg?
For runners, asymmetry is not our friend! There are certain sports when muscle strength/flexibility asymmetry is normal and maybe even necessary to perform well (think golf/curling/baseball). But runners should be equally flexible and strong throughout the body. So if you do the above test and you find it more difficult to lift the left leg, your right glute needs some attention! And vice versa for the opposite side.
Tune in next week for Part 3 where I’ll go over functional strengthening movements for runners!