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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    An observation about glutes and lower back pain

    This might be ridiculous, but I'm curious to know if there's any truth to my theory.


    I've noticed that at my strongman/powerlifting gym, there are 3 guys with disproportionnal glutes compared to the rest of their bodies. All of these guys have lower back pain or tend to. No, I don't look at guys asses LOL, but I have the same thing.

    I'm wondering if there's any relationship, for example:

    glutes are overcompensating
    glutes are stronger than the lower back
    makes hamstrings tighter

    Or am I out to lunch? If I'm right... is there a way to fix this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by K-R-M View Post
    glutes are overcompensating
    glutes are stronger than the lower back
    makes hamstrings tighter

    So are the guys with the disproportionally large glutes the ones with the back pain, or is it the reverse?

    I dont think there is much to your theory though. If anything the guys SEEM to have larger glutes, but instead have an anterior pelvice tilt (Tight hip flexors, weak abs, weak hamstrings/glutes, and tight lower back) This would put the back at risk and make the glutes appear larger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Fanelli View Post
    So are the guys with the disproportionally large glutes the ones with the back pain, or is it the reverse?

    I dont think there is much to your theory though. If anything the guys SEEM to have larger glutes, but instead have an anterior pelvice tilt (Tight hip flexors, weak abs, weak hamstrings/glutes, and tight lower back) This would put the back at risk and make the glutes appear larger.
    Yes, large glutes, anterior pelvic tilt is possible, how would you fix this?

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    You would start with a lot of hip, hamstring, and glute mobility/stretching work and strengthening.

    Pelvic tilt will affect the perception of glute size as well...
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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    Is there a link between large glutes and sciatica/piriformis syndrome?
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