5 Red Flags for Weak Glutes (FIX THIS!)

What’s up, guys? Jeff Cavaliere, ATHLEANX.com. Kicking off a new series here today. We’re talking about Red Flags. Today we’re covering five red flags that
your glutes are pretty weak. As a matter of fact, damn weak, and you need
to do something about it. To make sure that you don’t miss this or
any other video in this series, you’ve got to get off your ass and make sure you hit
subscribe and turn on the notifications as well, so you never miss a video from this
channel. Guys, one by one I’m going to knock out
five things that you should be able to do if you have adequate strength in your glutes. If you do not, then you need to do something
about it. First off, you might be asking yourself “Why
should I even care?” Besides the fact that most of us would probably
like to look good from behind, I’m telling you that the glutes are designed to be the
most powerful muscles in your entire body. Ironically, they tend to be the weakest because
we don’t train them effectively. Squats, deadlifts; they’re not doing enough,
guys. It’s a single plane motion working the sagittal
plane and our glutes are three dimensional and work in all three planes. We need to make sure we’re addressing them
individually. If you don’t, you’re going to have bad
posture. You could have anterior pelvic tilt. I made a whole video on this before. You could have a weakness in your big lifts. You’re not lifting as much, nearly as much
as you could on your deadlift and squat because of a weakness in your glutes. You’re not getting as much power, or speed
if you’re athlete. Everything comes down to the powerhouse of
your entire body, your center of mass, and it’s all centered right around your pelvis,
and you need to focus on this. So, let’s get going. So, let’s look for that first red flag here. It’s really simple to do. You get down on the floor, no equipment required. You come down to the ground, hands and knees. This is a two-part sequence here. You’re not out of the woods if you can do
the first one. What you want to do is get your leg back behind
you, start with either one, and you want your knee straight. You don’t want to cheat it and roll the
pelvis out. You want to try and keep that parallel to
the floor. From here you’re going to squeeze your leg
up toward the ceiling by activating the glute. Hopefully. So that means you should be able to feel this
intense contraction right here in this cheek. If you don’t, I’m already starting to
get a little concerned because we need to know that you have that mind-muscle control
over the glute. These small motions are what will reveal whether
you do or not. But let’s say you do there. You’re not out of the woods. What you need to do now is bend the knee and
repeat the same procedures because by bending the knee here, we’re shortening the hamstring. We’re contracting the hamstring a little
bit. Meaning, we’re taking its contribution out
of the equation. The hamstring is capable of extending the
hip as well as flexing the knee. So, when we have this here, now when we try
to lift up toward the ceiling, can you still do that? And can you still feel any contraction in
the glute? A lot of us will find that we lose that ability. We don’t feel it squeezing anymore. We don’t feel that cramping in here. That means your hamstrings were doing more
of the work and the glutes aren’t as strong as you think they are. Which means they’re going to need work. You want to make sure you test this on both
sides because there can always be discrepancies. As a matter of fact, it’s a common occurrence
to have a discrepancy in your strength from right side to left. Our next red flag here just requires a couple
of dumbbells and an exercise you’ve probably done a whole lot of reps on. That’s the lunge. Now, take whatever you’d use on a 12 to
15 rep lunge. I just have 25lbs in each hand here. Remember, when you lunge out you’re not
just trying to see whether you can get out here and then come back up to the top. You want to be able to do that with stability
through your pelvis. Meaning, you don’t want a lot of shakiness,
or wobbling through the pelvis because you want to know that your glutes are doing their
job. Remember, the muscles of the glutes are not
single plane. I said that in the beginning. They actually control motion in all three
planes. In this case, we’re looking for their ability
to control the frontal plane. So, you take whatever that weight is – 25lbs
in each hand – combine it for 50lbs, now take a 50lb dumbbell, and here’s the test. You hold it on one side only. So, I have it on my left side. I’m going to step out with the opposite
leg. As I step out here, the opposite leg down. What I’m looking for is that same stability. I’ve got a lot of weight over here that’s
probably going to make this hip kick out if the glutes are weak on this side. So, you want to make sure you can get out
here with that double weight straight down, and straight back, nice and controlled, for
about three to four reps. And back, nice and controlled. You’re not looking – you want to make
sure you’re not doing that. Fall into that side and let that hip kick
out on you. Remember, test both sides here again. Number three is another one we can do down
here on the ground, no equipment at all. Again, red flag. You’ve got make sure that we at least reveal
these, so we know what we’re dealing with. I want you to get down on your ground, get
on your back, and we’re going to form a bridge. When you do the bridge with both feet on the
ground and lift your hips up as high as you can. Now, a lot of people will shortchange the
bridge. They stop here. That’s not full hip extension. To get the full hip extension you’ve got
to lift until you’ve basically drawn a straight line between your quads and your torso. If you’re going to roll something it will
roll right down. It’s not going to get caught in the middle
here. Some people, right there, are going to already
start to feel cramping. It’s where you feel the cramping that’s
one of the biggest problems. If you’re cramping in the hamstrings at
all you’re in trouble. It’s going to get worse because what I want
you to do is to, in this position, test the right side. You’re going to get right there and lift
the left leg off the ground. Two things you’re looking for. If I lift the left leg off the ground do I
immediately start to drop here? Do I start to sag? If you do it’s because you don’t have
strong enough glutes on this side. We should all be able to perform a single
leg bridge with our own bodyweight. But if you start to drop that’s sign number
one. Number two: you’ll also start to rotate. Same deal. Weakness in the glute. But more importantly, when you get in that
position here and you lift, if you can even stay up but you start getting cramping in
this hamstring, then you have assigned here that your glutes are weak. Why? Because your glutes are what should be driving
hip extension. Not your hamstrings. Although, they are capable of contributing
to hip extension, that’s not their main focus. So, if they start cramping that means they’re
trying to do as much of the work as possible because the glutes don’t want to do the
work. That’s a great sign that says “Hey! Wake up, you lazy ass (literally) and start
doing some of the work, and don’t make me – the hamstrings – do everything that
you’re supposed to be doing.” It’s a great sign, guys. Remember, test both sides, right and left
to find out where you stand. Number four, and this is one of the big, red
flags that’s going to remind you every, single day that there’s something wrong. The thing is, you usually don’t understand
that the source is your glutes, once again. That is low back pain. In this case, I like to call it ‘pseudo
low back pain’. I made a whole video on this. I’m going to show you what it looks like
here and I’ll link it down in the description below. You want to watch that if you have what I’m
showing you here because I promise it’s going to fix it. Even as I promised in that video, instantly;
you’re going to feel instant relief. Watch. This is what we’re talking about. This area right here – I’m going to get
a little naughty here – but we’ve got, basically, if I were to rub my hand over the
upper portion of my glutes I would feel a bone right here. It’s in my pelvis. If you can just roll your fingers just to
the outside of that bone – so roll it over until it sits on the outside. Right in here, if you have pain right in that
spot, and when you press it, it can radiate around, down your leg a little bit, up into
your low back, and starts to feel like “Wow, that is exactly – I can pinpoint where that
is”, then my friend; you’ve got some issues with your glute medias. Likely, it’s really, really weak. That’s what’s causing your pain. What you need to do is watch the video I just
showed you because I’m going to show you in there exactly how to treat that. But for now, the presence of this pain alone
in this pinpointed spot – either on the right side or left – is enough to tell me
that I know where the source of your issues lie. It is your glute medias, and it’s weak,
and you need to fix it. That video will help you to do that. Our fifth and final red flag is an ab exercise. Again, you guys have got to see this by now,
that all these muscles are connected. Especially if they have common attachments
to the pelvis. Of course, one is going to influence the other. We know that the abs are controlling the pelvis
and the glutes as well. So why are they not impacting each other? This is the thing, we’re going to jump to
one of the hardest exercises there are when it comes to the abs. That’s the dragonfly. But don’t worry. You might not be able to do the dragonfly,
but even if you can do some version of it, you’re going to see that it’s probably
your glutes causing the problem, less than your overall ab strength. So, we get in this position, you grab onto
something you can anchor your upper body to, and then you go in and start to do your dragonfly. Which is going to be this. Up here, and then drop it down. Right, under control. So now, where is the weakness? I’m going to tell you that your abs are
a hell of a lot stronger than you think they are. The problem is your glutes. If you can’t perform this exercise, do this
instead. See how strong your glutes really are by focusing
on how much they’re activated during that exercise. So, when I come out, what’s happening is,
people’s hips are dropping here. So, the abs have to take on a lot more of
the work because the hips and glutes are not contracted. If instead I squeeze into extension, all of
a sudden, my abs become a lot stronger here to be able to hold that position. If you can’t start there, it’s the same
principle applied at a higher angle. So instead of having my legs out, beginners
can be up here and see how much they can hold with their abs. Remember, I have sunken hips here. What I have to do is squeeze into full extension
and stay there. So, you’re testing your ability. If you just can’t get your hips up and you
can’t keep them up, you don’t have enough hip extension strength, and that’s just
against the force of gravity. Imagine what happens when you actually start
to apply weighted exercises where they need to be like that, or you try to get into a
barbell hip thrust and you don’t have nearly the strength in your glutes to do them properly. Guys, there are a lot of red flags when it
comes to a lot of different muscles groups that you have, but none probably more overlooked
than your glutes. They’re geared to be powerhouses. They’re probably not doing anywhere near
the full capacity of what they’re capable of for you, and that’s a problem. We need to fix it. So, guys, if you’re looking for a program
that puts the science back in strength, step by step, we show you how to do these things
because it all matters; all of our programs are available over at ATHLEANX.com. In the meantime, if you’ve found the video
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60 thoughts on “5 Red Flags for Weak Glutes (FIX THIS!)

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  2. This people trying to make workout to difficultiesto much info just workout and put in the hard work working out not easy and it's pretty simple

  3. I want to thank you Jeff for what you have done to help me. I am 66 ,active all my life. last year I joined the gym that has all the equipment but no instruction. I worked on the weight machines all year because I did not want to get hurt not knowing what I was doing. This year Im doing the towers with pullys and squats and lunges And working with bumbbells. You are showing me the correct way to accomplish my goals thru your easy to understand videos. Within 2 weeks I feel so much stronger and study with ATHLEAN-X every morning before starting my workouts.I feel like I have my own personal trainer. Thank You, Ed

  4. So I did your exercises and have weak glutes, pathetic glutes more like it. However, the cramping is not in the hamstring, its the lower back above the pelvis. I do have lower back pain and its preventing me from exercising normally. Any pointers to resolve this would be greatly appreciated.

  5. Great video dude….. I’m a cyclist and have been getting pain in my left abductor when over long rides develops knee pain….then calve cramping. Will this exercises help with my cycling power output?

  6. I did the dragon flag test and I am able to do it.. But to get back on top, I have to give and stop squeezing my glutes to do so… is it still because I have weak glutes…

  7. Shut the fuck up dude I may live w my parents n b 48 but at least I’m not worried about my ass being weak ur ignorant as shit shut the fuck you got me fuckrd up shut up

  8. Is that the sciatica muscle ? Asking because my boyfriend has that problem and he doesn't have a but Lol is that why?

  9. Hey Jeff. I am a boy but got an unnatural big butt but they are weak. I want to strengthen them but don't want to add muscle.there are some fasting thigh and butt also. Is there anything I can do???

  10. My ex kept complaining about this here matter.
    After training for a while, she started complaining our time together was not as soft as before.

  11. How do you fix the weak glutes? I can hardly do anything on leg day because either my quads or hamstrings are always too weak. I didn't feel weak doing any of these tests, but I think I did sink a little doing the single leg bridge. I'm a beginner to truly working out and overweight. I sit a lot for work but try to stand away from my desk as much as possible also. I would say it's probably around 45/55 ratio standing/sitting but I'm always sore in those areas. I again feel like I have pretty good ggv lute control, but I'm not sure how to strengthen them without using the overly tight muscles in other spots. A lot of leg workouts are hard to focus solely on the glutes so I don't ever give my tight leg muscles a break when trying to strengthen my glutes specifically.

  12. I get it! I have weak glutes! how to fix without paying for program!? I already do plenty of squats and deadlifts in the gym and I've noticed it's near impossible to get my glutes sore and rather my hamstrings end up with the soreness

  13. Jeff you just saved me from getting another injury at the gym before I go back in the next day or two. ❌❌❌Keep up with the great work People need you.Great job!!Thanks. Iam at the gym working out for 1,5 got injured. Why because I knew nothing of my own body. People should have tests applied before they start lifting and told you are not allowed certain thing because you have a weak back or weak glutes

  14. Very helpful to know that the weak gluteal muscles can be the major factor in reoccurring tight and tender lower back, hamstrings, and the IT Band spreading to the knee. Jeff, it will be helpful if you could do a short video on how one week muscle can become a chronic issue overtime. I saw your two videos on IT band and now i understand how it is all connected. Thank you.

  15. I literally feel absolutely nothing in my glutes, plus I’ve got an anterior pelvic tilt,
    So what can I do to activate my glutes?

  16. Thank you Jeff.
    I now have a question now. Does these practices also help with strengthening the glutes or these practices were just for showing the weakness of glutes??

  17. Just curious but when you performed the lunge test why do you step inside your self, rather than stepping in alignment with your hips?

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