What most of us commonly refer to as the “backside of our body” actually has an anatomical name: the posterior chain.
While the posterior chain runs from your neck down to your ankles, the focus is often on the glutes, hamstrings, and lower back.
Strengthening these muscles helps reduce low back pain, improves posture, and boosts athletic performance.
Below, we get into the specifics of the posterior chain muscles, how to strengthen them, and exercises to improve mobility and flexibility in these powerhouse muscles.
The primary posterior chain muscles include:
While strengthening this part of the chain is critical to a healthy backside, a lot of the emphasis is on the glutes, hamstrings, lower back, and calves.
What does the posterior chain do for us?
According to a 2017 review, having a strong posterior…