“Why Do I Have a Glute Imbalance?”

JULY 2018 EDIT: It’s been over 3 months since I wrote this article. Since then, I’ve figured out the real reason why I have a glute imbalance: because of a constantly rotated pelvis.

This post is still worth a read because it goes over leg-length discrepancies and feet pronation… both factors that I know now are actually caused by a rotated pelvis, which can lead to a glute imbalance.

Therefore, it is not that a leg-length discrepancy and feet overpronation leads to a glute imbalance, but rather, it is a rotated pelvis which can lead to such factors like a functional leg-length discrepancy and feet overpronation.

woman placing her hand on her right butt cheek

Leg-length Discrepancy

One of the factors that plays into glute imbalances is the physical make-up of your body, namely leg-length discrepancies.

For example, my left leg is half an inch shorter than my right. So exaggerate this difference and imagine what it would be like to have one leg so short that it can’t even touch the ground. You would be hopping around on your long leg all the time, putting all the pressure on it.

That’s sort of what it’s like with a leg-length discrepancy. Your longer leg can ground itself better, so most of the pressure is being placed onto the glute of that leg.

This means that most of the power is coming from that glute, and as a result, that glute gets stronger and stronger overtime, while the other glute remains weak and inhibited.

Overpronation

Another problem that I have is overpronation, where my right foot pronates 20 degrees, and my left 30 degrees.

Pronation is when your feet roll inwards as you walk or run. This displaces the pressure from your heels and transfers it to the wrong parts of your body, such as the hips, knees, and toes.

The result?

An unstable and uneven body.

To fix pronation problems, you must get custom-fitted orthotics. Google “orthotics + name of your city” and do your research to find the best footwear and orthotics hub near you.

At the end of the day, everyone’s body is different. What you feel when you exercise may be completely different from what your friends feel, and vice-versa.

The important point is to understand how your body’s history and anatomy work together to create imbalances in your system. Only then, can you start to implement preventative measures.

 

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