Last week, my daughter expressed the desire to have inherited my “butt (bottom) genes” something she claims her brother inherited. She described her bum as long and ours as short. This amused me because no one had ever described my bum as short before. I’ve only ever used use one phrase to describe my bum – “sticky out”.
In Abi’s mind, her brother and I genetically have the same buttocks shape. I disagreed with her hypothesis because once upon a time, her brother had a flat backside. His gluteal muscles developed when he started weight training in university. Prior to that, he looked like an undernourished bag of bones with a flat backside.
I pointed out to Abi that, the shape of her brother’s bum is the result of squatting 230kg and deadlifting 245kg (his current max) in the gym. I disagree that my son and I have something in common backside wise. Hahahaha! I may be wrong, but I’m sure he’ll agree with me on this one.
How my desire for a bigger bottom turned to dislike
I have early memories of wanting a bigger bum in secondary school. I envied the girls who’s bums could jiggle during traditional African dance practices. Back then, I’d stick out my flat bum to make it appear more prominent and try to make it jiggle like theirs. To this day, I tell people that traditional dance practice in FGGC, Benin City Nigeria changed the shape of my butt.
In late 90’s early 20’s when the popularity of low rise jeans and trousers hit an all time high, I started to experience “butt frustrations”. I could not find jeans that fit in regular shops because they had all stopped selling normal rise jeans. My bottom became a liability! I had to buy bigger sizes to get them over my butt and use a belt to prevent gaping at the waist. This continued till about 15yrs ago when I discovered a premium brand called J Brand who sold high rise jeans for women. Finally!
I’m not sure how the shift in attitudes changed. All I know is, it’s almost as if, someone realised low rise jeans weren’t flattering. Many attribute the high rise jeans revolution to the emergence and popularity of celebrities with bigger bums like JLo and Beyoncé who dressed to accentuate their curves. High rise jeans are now standard and I don’t have to spend £200 on a J Brand pair, I can get one in Zara for £32.
Aesthetics aside, bottom muscles are the most important muscles in the human body
There’s a lot to be gained from having a toned backside. The gluteal (bottom) muscles are arguably the most important muscle group in the human body. The gluteal muscles, which include the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus, are important for a variety of reasons:
- Posture: The gluteal muscles help to stabilise the pelvis and maintain proper posture while standing, walking, or sitting.
- Movement: The gluteal muscles are connected to the hip joint. They help with mobility, and lower body range of motion. These muscles are responsible for hip extension, abduction, and external rotation, which are all essential for movements such as walking, running, jumping, and climbing stairs.
- Injury Prevention: Strong glutes help to reduce the risk of lower back, hip, and knee injuries, by providing support and stability to the lower body.
- Athletic Performance: The gluteal muscles are important for athletic performance, as they play a significant role in explosive movements like sprinting, jumping, and changing direction quickly.
- Overall Health: Strong glutes can improve overall physical health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases, as they help to improve posture, balance, and mobility.
In summary, the gluteal muscles are essential for maintaining proper posture, supporting movement, injury prevention, athletic performance and overall health.
Exercises that help tone and build strong gluteal muscles.
Note that having a bigger bum doesn’t automatically mean you have strong gluteal muscles. Strong glutes are developed from exercise
Here are 10 exercise that can help strengthen your gluteal muscles for better mobility and athletic performance.
- Glute bridge (with weights)
- The Clam
- Donkey kicks
- Hip extension
- Leg press
- Spilt squats or lunges
- Step ups
- Walking uphill or on a treadmill incline
Thanks to social media, there is now a “peachy or bubble” butt craze going on in the fitness world. Women are lifting some scary heavy weights to create these shapes. I must admit the first time I heard the words “peach” and “bubble” used to describe butt shapes, I was flabbergasted. Who the heck came up with those names!? Hahahaha! Many years ago it was described as “back curve” and I remember a young lady approached me in the gym once to ask about the exercises I did to get a “back curve”. All I did then was walk on the gym treadmill at the highest incline for a hour whilst watching something on the TV screen.
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