Gluteus maximus

Basics of Gluteus maximus

Also commonly referred to as the glutes, this large and strong muscle group located on your buttocks is the most superficial of the group. It is responsible for many movements originating from the trunk as well as thigh movements.

The glutes make up a large portion and therefore the overall shape of your backside. Many women as well as men aim to tone this muscle group for a thinner more appealing physique. Many thigh exercises will target the glutes such as lunges and squats. There are however many glute isolating exercises as well such as step-ups and hip extensions.