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The Most Important Operation and You Can Do It Yourself

Posted in Core training, Low Back Pain, Random Thoughts, Training, Training Females with tags , , on May 2, 2011 by mboyle1959

( originally published Oct. 2006 at

I’ve got a newsflash that will change the world of fitness and training forever. I discovered an essential new operation that be life-changing. The operation is called an addanasstomy. Luckily you can perform this operation on yourself with out the aid of a doctor. In an addanasstomy we take the average gluteless bench press addicted trainee and we begin an intensive program of squats and lunges to attempt to add increase the size of the glutes maximus. Hence the name. ADD AN ASS TO ME or in this case really to you.

It’s funny, in fitness we always seem to be trying to lose something.  Most of the time it seems to be around the waist. The truth is that most people need to lose a little in front and gain a little in the back. Don’t always think about taking away, think about adding a little, but only in back. The way most people look these days glutes belong on a milk carton. I can see it now. Wanted lost glutes. Last seen just before freshman year of college.  The glutes began to disappear the day you sat down for good and decided never to exercise again. It was only a matter of time.

It’s so wonderfully rare to see a man or a woman who fills out their pants properly. Don’t get me wrong, I see lots of improperly filled pants. You know what I mean.  In these days of thongs and low cut jeans, it is even worse. I think you can visualize the young girl with the adipose overflowing the top of the jeans. Had enough yet? This same young girl is always pulling up her low cut jeans because she has no glutes to hold them up. For men the beer belly or the plumbers crack are almost cliché. Both at least an indirect result of no glutes.

The truth is that glutes are essential to survival. Low back pain expert Stuart McGill , author of Low Back Disorders, describes the loss of glute strength and size as gluteal amnesia ( his term, not mine) and goes on to implicate lack of strength in the glutes for the debilitating back pain that afflicts so many. The cure for gluteal amnesia is an addanasstomy.  The truth is we sit too much, we take too many elevators, we skip too many stairs. The result. Loss of glute function and the relative disappearance of the bodies most vital muscle. Then to top it off we go to the gym and do what? Of course, we work on our upper body. No wonder everyone’s back hurts.

The cure. Squats, lunges, one leg squats, split squats. Hip extension exercises and bridging exercises. The good part is that the disease is cureable and that you can perform the operation on yourself.