Gluteus Maximus Hip Extension

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Gluteus Maximus Hip Extension

Action Review for the Gluteus Maximus Muscle

Gluteus Maximus Hip Extension is its Action Described as:

  • Hip Extension as in Climbing Stairs, Rising from a Sitting Position, Running & Climbing.

Synergist: assist in performing the action of Hip Extension

  • Biceps femoris (long head)
  • Semitendinosus
  • Semimembranosus
  • Posterior head of adductor magnus

Stabilizers: These muscles maintain dynamic control to allow for extension of the hip.

  • Rectus abdominis
  • Obliques
  • Quadratus lumborum
  • Erector spinae

Antagonists: Muscles that perform the opposite action to the agonist in this case hip extension.

  • Psoas
  • Iliacus
  • Tensor fascia latae
  • Rectus femoris
  • Pectineus
  • Sartorius

See the Hip Extensors in Motion Click Here

Adittional Actions of the Gluteus Maximus (Synergist)

  • Laterally Rotates the Thigh at the Hip
  • Abducts the Thigh at the Hip
  • Stabilizes the Extended Knee via inferior fibers and tightening the IT Band

See All Motions of the Gluteus Maximus Click Here scroll down to the middle of the page

Get Massage Smart offers the above anatomical information for its  educational value and dose not validate its accuracy. Please refer to the following texts and resources. 

References & Resources for the muscle anatomy information are:

Sieg and Adams: "Illustrated Essentials of Musculoskeletal Anatomy", 4th edition, 2002, Megabooks Inc,

Muscolino J E: The Muscular System Manual, The Skeletal Muscles of the Human Body, ed 3, 2009,

University of Michigan Medical School: Muscle Tables & Illustrations 

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