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Glute training: why we don't do squats & deadlifts (and what we do instead)

Today we are going to talk about why you won’t see us prioritizing heavy deadlifts and squats every week in Evlo for training the glutes. I know this is going to be a hot topic since deadlifts and squats have been seen as a couple of the “king” exercises for a long long time. But I feel like I have learned a few compelling reasons why to prioritize other exercises to build the glutes over squats and deadlifts. 

In our private FB group and messages that I get from the Evlo members, they talk about how their glutes have developed more than any other program they’ve tried. And it’s not because we are working them MORE, and many of them aren’t even lifting as heavy as they once were with lots of squatting and deadlifts. So how could that be? How could they be working their glutes less, lifting lighter weights, and yet be seeing more muscle development than before? It’s because we are working them SMARTER not HARDER. 

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4 Principles for Glute Training

 

I hear from clients ALL the time that they are frustrated that they can't work their glutes without back, hip, or knee pain. 

 

Let's look into four crucial principles of training the glutes and my recommendations for which glute exercises might be best for YOUR body. 

 

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  1. Range of motion

 

In general, when you complete an exercise in a joint's full range of motion, the muscle is loaded more, and you receive more benefit. 

 

The glute max extends your hip. It works when you are standing up from a seated position. In other words, it begins working when you are straightening the hip when it is fully bent.

 

To load the glute...

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