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G The Glutes: 3 of 5 62 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k j u l y / a u g u s t 2 0 1 5 1: Posterior view of the right gluteus maximus. The tensor fasciae latae, fascia over the gluteus medius, and the iliotibial band have been ghosted in to the image. 2: Lateral view of the right gluteus medius. The piriformis has been ghosted in. 3: Lateral view of the right gluteus minimus. The piriformis has been ghosted in. The Maximus, Medius, and Minimus Anatomy of the Glutes The gluteal group is composed of three muscles: gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus (Images 1–3). These muscles stabilize the thigh and pelvis at the hip joint. The gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in the human body and forms the contour of the buttock. It is superficial and covers much of the gluteus medius. The gluteus medius is deep to the gluteus maximus posteriorly and deep to the tensor fasciae latae anteriorly, but it is superficial laterally. It covers most of the gluteus minimus. The gluteus minimus is the deepest and smallest of the group.

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