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    • #71171
      AvatarHelen Seville
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      Having trouble getting my left glute to fire off the bike and on the bike. my right glute functions great…

      My left hip is flexible but the psoas is tighter then the right when doing lunge stretches my right side is tighter.. but the psoas isn’t…

      Left QL/Spinae erector and hamstring behind the knee tighter then right side

      Not sure what muscle(s) are causing the left glute max not to fire?

      My right quad and glute max have more mass then the left side. I feel more dominate on the right leg.

      Anyone had this problem and what could be the cause of it?

      Its just strange that in the lunge stretch the left side feels more flexible but the glute dont work, you would think tighter  right hip the right glute wouldn’t function..

    • #75414
      AvatarNathan Richer
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      hmm let me make sure i understand.

      when you go into a lunge position with right leg forward/left leg back, the left psoas is tight?
      what do you mean by left hip is flexible? what positions can you get into better/worse?
      and what exactly do you mean by right hip is tighter?
      if the left psoas is tight, it could be inhibiting the function of the right glute (psoas is hip flexor, glute is hip extensor).  
      if left QL/erectors and ham are tight, it could be that these muscles are taking up work of the missing glute and feeling overworked without the left glute in the chain.
      i would mobilize/smash the left psoas and do a test. can you fire the left glute a little better?
      work the left QLs/erectors and hams to loosen them up. does this help in firing the left glute a little better?
      i would also look to the couch stretch to help – with the left side back, practice squeezing the left glute as you come up to vertical.  i bet it’s going to be hard (and thus good for you).  
      you can also try some single leg deadlifts to start activating the left glute.
    • #75417
      AvatarHelen Seville
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      Yes the left hip flexors are less tight, TFL, Rectus femous the only muscle of the hip flexor the psoas is tight. The right side TFL/Rectus fem are tigher then the left

      I can get deeper on the left side when I do the lunge stretch the right side is noticeably tighter.. all though the right glute functions better

      Still im flexible all over.. I can nearly do the splits lol

    • #75418
      AvatarNathan Richer
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      when you say lunge left side, do you mean left leg fwd?

    • #75421
      AvatarHelen Seville
      Participant

      I have just done some pendulum lunges on the left glute – hamstring, after this I stretch my hips with the lunge stretch I notice when i stretch the right side my body shakes… left side doesn’t…

    • #75422
      AvatarHelen Seville
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      @David Shen Left leg backwards, to stretch the left hip

    • #75428
      AvatarHelen Seville
      Participant

      @David Shen Left leg backwards, to stretch the left hip buump

    • #75429
      AvatarHelen Seville
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      bump

    • #75430
      AvatarNathan Richer
      Participant

      hey man sorry to be a bother but we have to get the language straight. can you please repeat the problem but say “left leg fwd lunge” or “right leg fwd lunge”? when you say “some pendulum lunges on the left glute – hamstring” i have no idea if you mean the left leg is fwd or back. thanks.

    • #75431
      AvatarHelen Seville
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEykTWUKiys

      left leg forward when doing pendulum lunges to activate left glute..

      normal lunge stretch left leg backwards to open the hip

    • #75438
      AvatarNathan Richer
      Participant

      interesting – first time seeing that KB exercise. it looks like a way to do KB swings to activate only one glute.

      the prescription is still the same. mobilize anything that is tight, up and down the chain from your hips. see what gives you better ROM and what doesn’t change. focus on those mobs that give you better ROM.
      use this pendulum lunge or others like single leg DL to help with motor control of the left glute.
    • #75442
      AvatarHelen Seville
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