during the course of 3 years I trained like a powerlifter…but never competed…I squatted and deadlifted once every five days…as a result my glutes grew way to big…they stick out…
currently i quit powerlifter type training and quit squatting and deadlifting now for the last two months…my big glutes have affected me psychologically giving me terrible social anxiety…i hate the size of them…i am now doing at least 7 hours of cardio a week to see if they become smaller and hopefully lift my self esteem
is there an exercise or type of training that will reduce the size of my glutes…
I can’t comment on any specific exercise or training that may help to reduce the size of your glutes, but I tell you about my own experience with a similar troubling muscle imbalance that I had/have, which you may find benefical.
About 8 or 9 months ago, in an attempt to fix my horrible posture (this was before discovering T-Nation), I picked up a book with a self-assessment posture test/correction section and somehow drastically misinterpreted the information in it… for many long months. The end result: upper traps that are clearly disproportionate with my middle/lower traps and the entire rest of my back. A muscle which I also thought had grown ‘too big’.
Anyway, on to the part of my story which you may find helpful. After struggling around with trying to get ‘balanced out’ for awhile, I (1)got hit with the flu and (2) had a member of my family die, which sent me into a severely depressive funk. The two events caused me to go from 6’2, 205lbs, 14% bf to 6’2, 176lbs, 15%bf in like 6 or 8 weeks. As a consequence, the muscle which I thought felt massively imbalanced is now significantly smaller and I actually feel alot better. Obviously, while I gain the muscle back and work to get balanced out, there will be some muscle memory in the ‘unbalanced muscle’, but still I definitely feel a lot less anxious about it.
Now, I’m not suggesting that you get the flu or kill a member of your family. However, if the size of your glutes, which you believe to be ‘way too big’, is to the point of causing you social anxiety, maybe taking a break for awhile and dropping some weight will make you feel better about them. (The size of my glutes definitely decreased when I lost 30 lbs). Then, if you wanted to, you could selectively gain back the muscle you lost, i.e. only weight train your upper body for the rest of your life Seriously though, dropping weight and working back up may have a psycho-logical (think Korzibsky) advantage.
Just an idea.