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strengthening glutes, elliptical or recumbent bike?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 29, 2013 at 1:01 PM

hello,

i have a connective tissue disorder and i had mild sciactica or an irritated disc in my lower back (never had an mri) and fibro. the pain from this lingers, its mild.

i am trying to strengthen my glutes in addition to my physical therapy routine.

which machine better targets glutes?

elliptical or recumbent bike? i am leaning towards bike (because it's easy on the joints) but i've read controversial opinions.

my focus would be strengthening glutes. thanks!

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on June 25, 2013
at 01:06 PM

if anyones curious ive been doing LIGHT resistance bands around my ankles, and knees. seems to do the trick!

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on May 30, 2013
at 01:30 PM

I guess this is just something your going to need to deal with during your lifetime. Regardless of your situation, perhaps this post will help many other people that have issues who can and will do whatever it takes to fix themselves.

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on May 30, 2013
at 12:33 PM

thanks, i know for a fact i cant do these..its dangerous for me. guess its back to my boring pt routine. its hilarious because i am quad dominant but because of the connective tissue disorder i dont have much muscle there either. but i am a definite toe walker, my shins have knots all in them and my hamstrings used to be very tight, until pilates

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on May 30, 2013
at 12:31 PM

thanks, i guess i gotta stick to my resistance bands.

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on May 29, 2013
at 05:10 PM

holly, sounds like you have some serious physical conditions. With the issues you have, it would be best if you checked with your physical therapist about what movements you can do safely. As foreveryoung states, neither will do much about building muscle in the glutes.

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on May 29, 2013
at 02:14 PM

neither. they're both more quad dominant exercise and involve negligible amount of your posterior chain. Squats, lunges, romanian deadlifts. Cardio is not going to build glutes. Cardio is not going to build better glutes, unless by cardio you mean sprint intervals or lifting weights faster.

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on May 29, 2013
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I had bad sciatica (L-4, L-5,and S-1). Every seen a cyclist with glutes like a sprinter?

Neither of those will activate your glutes, especially in an already quad dominant person. I suggest trying exercises where you can concentrate on the glute activation. Also, it is almost impossible to build strength in the glutes and not the hamstring. If your like me and you have all these knotted up muscle in you low back/glutes you need to get a tennis ball or lacross ball and sit on those sorest spots (no pain no gain).

-weighted lunges -weighted hip thrusts -Romanian Dead lift (these are not a squat) -Dirty dogs

My back has not been this good since I was about 12 years old

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on May 30, 2013
at 12:33 PM

thanks, i know for a fact i cant do these..its dangerous for me. guess its back to my boring pt routine. its hilarious because i am quad dominant but because of the connective tissue disorder i dont have much muscle there either. but i am a definite toe walker, my shins have knots all in them and my hamstrings used to be very tight, until pilates

9b0a4701e373d4dd13831cfb9b13f42d

(1677)

on May 30, 2013
at 01:30 PM

I guess this is just something your going to need to deal with during your lifetime. Regardless of your situation, perhaps this post will help many other people that have issues who can and will do whatever it takes to fix themselves.

Bc51ed51f8942bed55611c0d8140c9e8

(35)

on June 25, 2013
at 01:06 PM

if anyones curious ive been doing LIGHT resistance bands around my ankles, and knees. seems to do the trick!

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