Tip: Work Glutes While Brushing Your Teeth

When your glutes won't activate during lower body exercises, they start to get soft and shapeless. Here's a simple way to keep them round and hard.

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Sleepy Glutes, Flat Butts

Glutes around the globe have gone dormant. You see it in men and you see it in women. Instead of firing when called on during lower body exercises, the glutes ignore these people. Eventually, their rear ends start to get soft and shapeless. Then they go flat. Soon, these men and women start tripping when they run because their pants or skirts won't stay up.

Test Your Glutes Like This

There's a simple way to tell if your glutes aren't firing adequately. Simply try standing on one leg with your eyes closed for 60 seconds. Then repeat with the other. If you can't do it, you're either looped on tequila or your glutes are on permanent siesta.

The Test Is Also The Cure

Most of us have a number of fitness things we're supposed to do every day. We start out with the best intentions, but soon we forget to do our stretches, foam rolling, rotator cuff work, extra pull-ups, or ab work.

The fix for this fitness absent-mindedness is to incorporate these daily "shoulds" into our daily activities. Stretches and/or ab work can be relegated to commercials during whatever show or sporting event you're watching. To do extra pull-ups, hang a bar in the doorway of whatever room you enter the most and don't allow yourself to enter or exit before doing one or more pull-ups.

For misfiring or sleeping glutes, simply stand on one leg and then the other with your eyes closed while brushing your teeth before bedtime. Spend at least two or three total minutes doing this. You'll fight glute decay and tooth decay at the same time.