You won't hear about it on the news or read about in on your Yahoo newsfeed, but Gluteal Amnesia is being experienced around the world. The number of people afflicted by this condition is astounding and can affect careers and ruin relationships. If you are a coach, trainer, or even a physical therapist, you have seen the devastation that Gluteal Amnesia can inflict on the body. The cure is out there, and it's within the grasp of all that are afflicted, but still people suffer needlessly.
So what is Gluteal Amnesia? In technical terms (big words to follow) it's when you can't find your a$$ with two hands, a flashlight and a map! Seriously! There are people walking around this very moment, and some of them are highly trained athletes, who have no idea how to use the biggest muscle in their body: the Gluteus Maximus. They make all kind of crazy accommodations to avoid fully engaging their Glutes and their athletic performance suffers for it. Don't think this is something that only afflicts athletes because young and old all have the same problem.
My good friend Dan John (a world renowned strength and conditioning coach, author, lecturer, and man around town) just wrote a post for the RKC Blog on just this subject. While he calls it Gluteal Amnesia Syndrome or G.A.S. (Damn! I wish I had thought of that!?!?) we are talking about the same thing. Maybe we should have a telethon and Dan could emcee it. I'm sure he'd look dashing in a tuxedo with a microphone in one hand and a tumbler of scotch in the other... :)