By Diana Gerstacker

Contrary to popular belief, your abs aren't the only group of muscles that have a major effect on total body strength and power. Your glutes are among the strongest muscles in your body and they play a huge role in overall fitness, too. Yet, despite their importance, they are often overlooked and under-trained.

The butt is a powerful tool. The muscles in our backsides help with everything from climbing stairs to running marathons and that's just the beginning. Our gluteal muscles -- the gluteus maximus, medius and minimus -- are three of the most critical muscles that keep humans standing upright. Without those muscles, we wouldn't be able to walk or maintain balance -- and heavy lifting, forget about it.

It is imperative, then, that we make an effort to strengthen and fortify these muscles. If total body fitness and proficiency at everyday tasks isn't enough motivation, these nine exercises will tone your behind and have your butt looking better than ever. How's that for incentive?

Moves Guaranteed For Great Glutes

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