by Tony Gjokaj March 18, 2020 3 min read
The Glutes are one of our bigger muscles on our body, and the most desirable for every physique – yes men, even for you.
The Glutes are comprised of three major muscles: The Gluteus Maximus, Minimus and Medius.
We will discuss each of the major muscles in this muscle group and each function.
This is a chapter from our eBook, The Muscle Compendium.
The Gluteus Maximusis the larger muscle that makes up over 2/3rds of the glute. The Gluteus Maximus is trained through hip extension and posterior pelvis tilt.
The Gluteus Mediusis the stabilizer muscle that is targeted through Hip Abduction and external rotation. They are the next biggest muscle in the glutes.
The Gluteus Minimusis the tiniest muscle in the inner portion of our glutes. This muscle will be targeted through the Maximus and medius training.
The Glutes operate with various angles and should be targeted in that way. The following are the specific functions of the Glutes:
With these four functions in mind, we can optimize developing our booties in the following section.
Glute exercises have been popularized as of late, and most of them properly replicate the movements desired when you want to train the glutes. Recall that using Deadlift variations like the Romanian Deadlift will also help you develop your glutes drastically.
The following exercises are ideal for every movement of the glute:
As the glutes are a major muscle group that is frequently hit with other leg exercises, 4-12 direct sets weekly will perfectly suffice for this muscle.
When it comes to direct glute work, I personally recommend the 10-20 rep range for solid development. With direct glute work, it is advised that you train with a glute extension exercise like a hip thruster or a glute kickback, and a hip abduction exercise like a “bad girl”.
When it comes to exercises like lunges, it is advised that you should hit at most 20 reps on each leg. Anything more than that, you will feel it in your quads more than directly in your glutes due to fatigue. Now get out there, and work that booty.
Thanks for reading Legion!
Until next time!
Tony is the Owner of Reforged Performance Nutrition. He is a PN1 Certified Nutrition Coach and has been in the fitness space for over a decade. His goal is to help bridge the gap between physical & mental health through fitness.
by Tony Gjokaj September 17, 2021 5 min read
When you're depressed, even when you're not expending a lot of energy... you don't feel like you have any energy to spare to begin with.
It can be aggravating to hear that you need to work out to boost your endorphins, (or whatever your friends say to you).
In reality, they aren't wrong... but how can you exercise if you can't even get out of bed?
Is there something wrong with us?
Absolutely not. This happens with depression.
The thing with depression is that your whole body may feel like it is against you... and it's very frustrating.
I've been there.
But I was forced to work out once I committed to it because of an accountability partner I had.
In this post, we are going to go over some ways that may help you get off the couch when your mind & body are against you.
by Tony Gjokaj September 13, 2021 2 min read
Hydration is paramount to your health and wellbeing.
When I worked my previous management job, I ran three rental car branches simultaneously at a time where one of the other managers was gone for over a month.
I would try to get my water in regularly, but the locations were incredibly busy. You would always find me at the front desk with customers swarming in.
This played a large part in my stress and I never knew it did until I found a way to actually get drink more water.
In this short post, we are going to go over why hydration is essential for mental health.
Let's dive in!
by Tony Gjokaj September 08, 2021 3 min read
When I was overweight, I was inactive, depressed, and had insomnia.
I would isolate myself from social interaction, which led me down a dark path where I contemplated suicide.
Eventually, fitness was my salvation, as physical activity led to me sleeping better, eating better, feeling better, and thinking better.
Prior to exercise, I was stuck in what was deemed an Inactivity Trap.
So in this post, we are going to go over an article that was written in 2009 with the same name, called "The Inactivity Trap". This article included studies that supported their claims from a psychological standpoint which intrigued me as well.
So let's dive into what the Inactivity Trap is.
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