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Can't Feel Glutes on Squat/Deadlift


#1

Hey everyone!

I've been training for a while now, and i read quite a lot of articles about squatting and deadlifting. My problem is, i cant feel my glutes when i squat or deadlift, even if i do sumo deadlifts, or very wide squats. When im squatting ATG, i have a hard time at the bottom position, and often my squat turn into a "squat-morning". Any suggestions?

Keep up the good work, Good luck from Hungary!

Ede


#2

Not “feeling” a muscle doesn’t mean it isn’t doing its job properly during an exercise. I never “feel” my erectors during exercises but they sure as hell are doing their work. Same with lunges - don’t feel it in the glutes during training but definitely the next day. Point is, don’t be so quick to blame the inhibition of glutes.

I think people went way overboard with the whole glute activation/inhibition thing. My advice, don’t focus on “feeling” the glutes but on proper positioning / execution / technique of a lift for YOUR body. If you get the latter right (not an easy task) the rest will fall into place.


#3

Try to squeeze them at the top if both motions.

Occasionally, heavy kb swings before squats and deads can ell pump the glute if you’re concerned with feeling it


#4

Thank you guys! I’ll give em a try. Maybe i was a bit too concerned about this.


#5

[quote]manede01 wrote:
Maybe i was a bit too concerned about this.[/quote]

Yep, not something a beginner needs to worry about