Ep 9: [Q&A] To Tuck or Not to Tuck the Pelvis for Glute Engagement?

Have you ever been cued to "squeeze the glutes to tuck the hips under" when you finish a squat, lunge, kettlebell swing?

Well, maybe you've been overexerting your glutes and pelvic muscles while lifting weights to activate the muscles. Like a lot of us have at one point or another, you've probably been trying too hard, because exercise is about what is a reasonable form in comfortable positions. 

In this episode, we have Dr. Jonathan Fass back to discuss an audience question. 

Cara asked:

"Should we tuck the pelvis for maximum glute engagement?"

Listen in to learn why you should move your muscles naturally without forcing them when lifting low weights. You will also learn the importance of listening to your body to assess exercise positions that feel comfortable for you. 

Get the Transcript:

What You Will Learn:

·        0:00 - Intro and the question at hand.

·        1:08 - Do the glutes need that much effort?

·        2:24 - Isn't it all relative?

·        4:27 - Should I tuck or should I extend?

·        6:42 - The importance of allowing yourself exercise variability to determine which one feels comfortable.

·        11:24 - Remembering the big rocks.

·        12:47 - Understanding that all exercises don’t look the same when done by different people.

·        15:46 - About Jonathan. What he does, and the lens through which he answers.

Jonathan Fass

About Jonathan:

Jonathan Fass is a doctor of Physical Therapy, Board-Certified Orthopedics, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. He works with chronic pain populations and specializes in treating pain in CRPS and other neuro-orthopedic conditions. 

Relevant Links:

·        LinkedIn => HERE

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