No seriously, why don’t these things work? They act like a couple of bums (pun ABSOLUTELY intended, ha!). My glutes never seem to pull their own weight when it comes to muscles used in exercise. I have lived with a flat rump for years… and I’m ok with that. However, when the glutes are weak and don’t activate during exercise, it can be a problem. I don’t notice it too often, but last fall when I really started to add the miles on to my runs, I would get bad hip and knee pain. My glutes just weren’t firing up during exercise, and my quads were being overloaded. The tight quadricep was pulling the knee in, thus causing pain in the knee and hip. Most people can do squats and lunges to strengthen glutes, but I could do them all day and not feel it in my glutes… ‘cuz they are lazy! Here are a few of the exercises that I do that seem to do the trick….