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Wall Prop Glute Stretch

Wall Prop Glute Stretch

Wall Prop Glute Stretch
By Will Lind
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I don’t think you can exaggerate the importance of glute development and maintenance. We could talk glutes until the cows run home, and I will if you let me. Don’t panic, we’ll keep this one short. Here’s the dot point summary:

  1. The term ‘glutes’ usually refers to either the gluteus maximus alone, or the whole group of the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus.
  2. In other words, it’s your bottom we’re talking about.
  3. Gluteus maximus is the major muscle group and are your main running power plant.
  4. The medius and minimus, among other roles, have the all important job of stability.
  5. Tight, weak or inactive glutes can result in injury mayhem, not the least hip, knee pain and lower back problems.
  6. You should be giving your glutes the A list celebrity treatment, working for strength, endurance, mobility, flexibility and activation from your hip/glute area.

This Wall Prop Glute Stretch is super easy:

  • Find a friendly wall to help you out.
  • Take your trail shoes off if you’re visiting your mum, she won’t appreciate tread marks on the wall.
  • Scoot your bum about two feet from the wall.
  • Keep your lower back on the floor for support.
  • Rest one foot against the wall so your knee joint is at around 90 degrees.
  • Bring your other foot across that bent knee.
  • Chill for 1-3 minutes. Breath deep and actively relax (as in think and aim to relax the tightness).
  • Change legs.
Will Lind
About Will Lind (168 Articles)
A minimalist runner that otherwise doesn't discriminate, Will Lind is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Functional Running. A true run lover, Will's passion encompasses the full spectrum of running and lies in the soul of the run. A Personal Trainer, Run Coach and romantic at heart, Will enjoys flipping from heartfelt run reflection to critical analysis on a whim.
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