The glutes, short for "gluteal muscles", are a group of three muscles located in the buttocks: the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus. The gluteus maximus is the largest and outermost of the gluteal muscles and is responsible for hip extension and external rotation, as well as contributing to hip abduction. The gluteus medius and minimus are located deeper and closer to the hip joint, and are responsible for hip abduction and stabilization of the pelvis during gait. The glutes play an important role in many lower body movements, including walking, running, jumping, and squatting. Strong glutes are important for overall lower body strength, stability, and power.