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As a muscle group, glutes are pretty popular these days. For a lot of people, building glutes is all about an aesthetic look. Others realize how important the glute muscles are for stability, power, balance, and athletic performance in nearly every sport.
Whatever reason people have for focusing on glutes during training, the fact is that glutes are big business in fitness today. Get in on the trend with a specialist certification in glute training that allows you to market yourself as a glute expert.
The glutes refers to a group of three muscles of the backside: gluteus maximus, medius, and minimus. They are involved in most motions of the hip and several vital functional and athletic movements. The gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in the body.
These muscles are essential for performing ordinary, daily movements we tend to take for granted and for doing them without injury or pain. Unfortunately, most people are sedentary for long stretches of time, which tends to weaken the glutes.
Many people focus on glutes for aesthetic reasons, but there are so many more benefits to building this muscle group:
Strong glute muscles prevent injuries in the knees, hips, ankles, and even lower back. They stabilize the body and aid proper alignment.
Because they affect alignment and stability, strong glutes give you better posture and balance.
Glutes make you a better athlete. Strong glutes are essential for powerful movements and agility.
Strong glutes relieve nagging pains, especially in the knees or lower back, by aligning the body properly and supporting efficient movements.
These are the reasons clients are likely to come to a glute specialist for expert, focused workouts that build strong backsides. And, remember that everyone can benefit from strong glutes. This includes older clients and non-athletes.
Fitness clients increasingly want to work on their glutes. You can cash in on this fact by becoming a glute specialist. Here’s how to do it:
While this isn’t technically required to be a glute specialist, it just makes sense. If you aren’t already a certified personal trainer, start here. All specialists should have a foundation in basic personal training.
Personal trainer certification gives you the essential skills needed to train clients. These include human anatomy and physiology, fundamentals of exercise and training, how to assess and motivate clients, how to create individualized workout plans, and more. A good program will even coach you in business skills.
With the fundamentals of personal training and exercise, you’ll be ready to train clients immediately. You will also be prepared to expand your skill set into specialty areas clients are requesting.
Once you have a personal trainer certification, you can build your career with any specialization that interests you and your clients. Enroll in a glute specialist course to learn how to specifically train clients for their glute goals. This includes aesthetic goals for a bigger booty as well as strength, performance, and injury prevention goals.
Most courses have few prerequisites. You should be at least 18 years old by the time you’re ready to take the exam. You should also be able to prove you have a current CPR/AED certification.
Complete the self-paced course by reading the provided textbook and following the recommended guidelines for self-study and learning. Take regular quizzes to ensure you are mastering the material. Make use of any educational support provided to deepen your knowledge and get clarifications on complicated topics.
When you’re ready, take and pass the exam to get your certificate. The certification will last for a couple of years, and you can renew it by taking continuing education courses and submitting a renewal fee.
Learn more about the ISSA’s certified glute specialization course here.
With your glute specialist certificate in hand, you’re ready to work with clients who need your skill set. If you are a trainer, start with your current client list. Let them know you have this new certification and are offering glute-focused sessions and training programs.
Reach out to potential new clients by marketing to those who are interested in building big, strong glutes. A professional website, active social media channels, and in-person marketing at gyms and health events should help you reach glute-focused clients.
Online preparation to become a trainer has several benefits. One of these is that you can complete the certification courses on your own timeline. You don’t have to go to a classroom or adhere to a specific timeline determined by someone else.
Once you have enrolled in an online glute certification course, you could be ready to take the exam in just a couple of months. If you need more time because of home and work commitments, you can spend longer learning and studying.
As a fitness enthusiast, you might think you already know everything there is to know about training for glutes. You are probably more informed than the average gym-goer, but there’s more to it than you realize. Building glutes can be complicated, and the same strategy doesn’t work for everyone. Here are some of the things you’ll learn in a glute specialist program:
How the kinetic chain works and involves and affects glute strength
The anatomy and functioning of the lumbopelvic hip complex
How to activate the glutes
Common dysfunctions of glute and hip movement
Specific glute-strengthening exercises
How nutrition and supplements support glute strength
How to build individualized client plans to meet specific goals
How to assess, evaluate, and motivate clients to get results
Professionalism, marketing, and other business skills for personal trainers
Check out this guide to using corrective exercises when building glutes to get a taste of the kind of detailed, specialized information you’ll get with your certification course.
Building strong glutes or getting a certain look back there is not as simple as it might seem. You can’t just do squats and expect to get the results you want. This is why clients need and will pay top dollar for glute specialists. You can get them real results.
ISSA’s Certified Personal Trainer – Self-Guided Study Program is a perfect starting point for a career in fitness. It provides a solid foundation that you can build on with specialized certifications.
Already a personal trainer? Sign up for ISSA’s Certified Glute Specialist course. Whether it's for function, form, or figure - better glutes are the new #1 for clients. Make your clients' ideal glutes a reality with the first and only certification of its kind.