Now do another test. Squeeze your butt cheeks together and feel them. Does your booty still feel soft after squeezing your cheeks together?
And finally, do another test. Turn to the side and look at your overall posture. Don't try to stand up straight, but just stand naturally. Does your pelvis seem to tilt forward? Do you seem to be leaning back?
If you have weak butt muscles, then you'll have bad posture -- believe it or not. Your gluteal muscles (gluteus maximus, medius, and minimus) make up the largest muscle group in your body. Your butt helps you do everything from squatting, kicking, running, walking, and standing.
But your butt muscles also help keep your spine in correct alignment. Your butt works together with your back to keep your spine from tilting too much forward or too much backwards. A strong back goes with a strong butt.
But (no puns intended), if your butt is weak, then your spine would go out of alignment and your back would have to compensate. So, your pelvis would tilt forward and your back would lean backwards. You probably see this a lot in the elderly when they walk around with their hips thrust forward.
A big problem with spinal misalignment is that it causes lower back issues. Once again, you see this a lot in the elderly population. They walk around with hips forward, back bent backwards, and their hands on their lower back.
So, how could you fix a weak booty? Squats! And you thought all the squats I've been doing in class were just for show! No, I designed my moves specifically to improve daily functionality.