gluteus maximus

gluteus max·​i·​mus | \ -ˈmak-sə-məs How to pronounce gluteus maximus (audio) \
plural glutei maximi\ -​ˈmak-​sə-​ˌmī How to pronounce glutei maximi (audio) \

Definition of gluteus maximus

: the outermost muscle of the three glutei found in each of the human buttocks

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For example, your glutes are made up of three main muscles, the gluteus maximus, the gluteus medius, and the gluteus minimus. Amy Marturana, SELF, "18 Lunge Variations That Will Work Your Butt From Every Angle," 5 Apr. 2019 This is a crucial muscle for runners to strengthen, but the other muscles in your butt, the gluteus maximus and gluteus medius, are important too. Amy Marturana, SELF, "Here’s What Proper Running Form Actually Is and How Much You Should Care About It," 2 Apr. 2019 Many popular glute moves, like squats or forward and reverse lunges, mainly target the gluteus maximus (the biggest muscle of the butt). Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Strengthen Your Glutes With This 5-Part Banded Circuit From Dogpound Trainer Emily Samuel," 13 Feb. 2019 Deadlifts already work the posterior chain, or the muscles at the rear of the body like the hamstrings, gluteus maximus, trapezius, posterior deltoids, and erector spinae. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "Why the Deficit Deadlift Is a Great Modification for Beginners," 5 Dec. 2018 The gluteus maximus is the largest of the three and primarily works to extend the hips. K. Aleisha Fetters, SELF, "Why You Should Do Butt Exercises Before Your Next Run," 31 July 2018 Holding the all-fours position works the upper body and core, while the leg lift with a resistance band targets the gluteus maximus, the largest muscle in the butt. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "Why 'Riverdale' Star Madelaine Petsch's Butt Exercise Is a Great Go-to Move," 5 Apr. 2018 This move works to eliminate both, activating the gluteus maximus while working on hip extension. Sara Angle, Outside Online, "The Best Glutes Exercises," 19 June 2018 Your gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in your body. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "A Quick Equipment-Free Butt Workout From Celebrity Trainer Erin Oprea," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of gluteus maximus

1831, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gluteus maximus

New Latin, literally, largest gluteus

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gluteus maximus

gluteus max·​i·​mus | \ -ˈmak-sə-məs How to pronounce gluteus maximus (audio) \
plural glutei maximi\ -​sə-​ˌmī How to pronounce glutei maximi (audio) \

Medical Definition of gluteus maximus

: the outermost of the three muscles in each buttock that arises from the sacrum, coccyx, back part of the ilium and adjacent structures, that is inserted into the fascia lata of the thigh and the gluteal tuberosity of the femur, and that acts to extend and laterally rotate the thigh

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