A lot of people, when they exercise regularly with weights or resistance machines, tend to divide their training sessions between upper and lower body workouts. Some people also follow a full-body strategy, but for many, focusing on different body parts and exercising them in rotation works as a way to balance their gym routine.
I understand both approaches and can see their benefits.
When focusing on the lower body, the legs and glutes are the centre of attention, and the number of exercises available is pretty established when exercising these body parts.
For myself, I am a great enthusiast for lower body workouts, as they strengthen the foundation and stability of the body and enable us to move with confidence. This is particularly important as we grow older, recover from injury, or just want to enjoy a full and active lifestyle.
The glutes, at the top of our legs, are the strongest and longest muscle group in the body, commonly referred to as hips or the backside. There are three muscles that make up the glutes: gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus.
Below is a simple and effective four-part combo’ which targets these muscles and which have been proven to deliver strong and balanced muscles in this region, delivering rounded and solid glutes in the bargain!
The single-leg Smith Machine squat