In your quest for a gravity-defying derriere, you’re probably focusing a lot on your glutes lately. But with all those squats, lunges, step-ups and hip thrusts, you don’t want to jump right into your glute workout — or dash out after the last rep. This is the biggest muscle group in your body, after all. Studies show that a proper dynamic warm-up will improve your range of motion and performance. It also preps your body for movement, reducing risk of injury. And when the work is done, a series of static glute stretches will help enhance flexibility and release any tightness or tension in the glutes and hips.
So we tapped Jessica Matthews, yoga teacher, author of Stretching to Stay Young and senior advisor for health and fitness education for the American Council on Exercise (ACE), for the five glute-centric stretches you should never skip. No ifs, ands or butts about it.
1. Rocking Hip-to-Heel Stretch