Let me introduce you to your gluteus medius. This very important muscle needs a little extra love postpartum. The glute medius is the pedestal upon which your pelvis rests. It is a major player in pelvis stability and your ability to balance—and everyone needs help balancing, even if you are not a ballerina.
Every time you walk or run, you are performing a single leg balance. When your glute medius is weak, your hip flexors and LOW BACK MUSCLES have to work overtime, creating tightness, pain and often injury. Your body isn’t going to let you collapse while walking, so it recruits other muscles to do the job. But we need to strengthen that glute medius so that our low back and hips can have a little support.
A good way to know you have a weak glute medius is if your knees cave in on squats or lunges, or if your hip drops (think sashay walk) when you walk.
Try this resistance band ‘triplet’ and say HELLO to your glute medius. This is a serious burner, and is always incorporated into our small group training sessions to guarantee our prenatal and postnatal moms are building their deep rooted strength.
➡️ THREE ROUNDS:
Back Steps: 20 steps back, R/L (40 steps total)
Penguins: 40 steps back and forth
Squats: 15 reps
Rest 1 minute between sets (you are going to need it). Repeat 3 times! 🔥Incorporate this mini-band series into your workout, ideally BEFORE a cardio session—or it could be a quick 5 minute workout at home.
Are you getting bored with your current workout routine? This is normal, it happens to me! The way to stay dedicated is to change it up. Try new moves like this one—explore AMC’s blog for ideas or try out a new fitness class, like Fit & Fab and learn how to lifting weights and using resistance can reshape your body and amp up your fitness level.