Booty Diaries: Basic Glute Anatomy

Let’s talk anatomy people! The anatomy is the bases of the human body and the glutes are SUPER important because one of them are the largest muscles in the body. There are three different sections of your booty which are the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and the gluteus minimus. Each one of these muscles are very important when growing the glutes.

Glute Anatomy

Gluteus Maximus

This is the largest portion of the glutes and weights double of the gluteus medius and minimus combined. This muscle is the center of the posterior chain and its primary function is the upper leg extension. There is an upper and lower portion of the gluteus maximus and they each combine movements as well as differ. The upper portion aids in hip extension, hip hyperextension, hip abduction, hip transverse abduction, hip external rotation, and the lower portion aids in hip extension, hip hyperextension, and hip transverse abduction.

Gluteus Medius

The gluteus medium has an anterior, middle, and posterior section of the muscle and is primarily used in hip joint movement. The primary role of this muscle is for hip abduction, but the anterior portion is designed for internal rotation where as the posterior portion is used for hip external rotation.

Gluteus Minimus

The gluteus minimus if often forgot about, but is on the outer surface of the ilium. It originates from the greater sciatic notch and is very deep. This muscle has similar functions as the medius, but is crucial in abduction, stabilization, single leg support, and rotation.

All three of these muscles make up your butt. Although the glutes are used in running, jumping, sprinting, and walking they are actually quite dormant and underused; in fact most athletes have very weak glutes. The key in glute strength and growth is activation and squats and deadlifts aren’t the worst exercises for glutes, but they aren’t the best.

In this series I am going to expand your knowledge in the booty and help you with exercises that will give you the booty you have been dreaming of! Remember that good things take time and practice, so don’t expect growth overnight you have to work for what you want!

Until next week!



Contreras, Brett. (2013). The Glue Guy. Gluten Science. Retrieved from


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