Gluteus Maximus

gluteus maximus

The largest of the gluteal muscles, the gluteus maximus makes up the majority of the bulk of the buttocks.

Unlike the other two gluteal muscles, the gluteus maximus is actively engaged during the extension of the hip joint, and is therefore a major player during many sporting and athletic actions. Athletics which require explosive extension of the hip, such as rugby players, jumpers and sprinters, will highly benefit from developing the gluteus maximus along with the other muscles of the posterior chain.

Deadlifts, stiff leg deadlifts, good mornings, squats, cleans, and snatches are all excellent choices for gluteal development.


Other names

  • Glutes
  • Butt
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