So i'm 51 and had 'runners knee' in my left leg last year, and i got a heap of physio exercises to do. As a result i figured that my left glute just never quite felt the same as my right one. So when i'm doing lunges and similar glutey things (to a lesser extent squats), my right one feels to be doing all the work, but my left leg feels like it's a bunch of other muscles not quite in the middle of my glute that are doing all the working.
I'm thinking i've probably been wonky like this maybe all my life, so now i'm trying to make the left one work. (I love trekking, so my main mission in life is to be able to carry heavy backpacks up and down mountains - and not get injured (had ITB in same leg too historically).
I can make the muscle work with very low lunges and leaning forward a bit and concentrating quite hard (and can do this going up the stairs). I have brief missions to practice every day, but then the motivation drops off and i notice that i'm back to old habits.
Has anyone else had experience like this? Can i retrain myself i.e. is it worth me trying to do these low lunges with the hope that i can get the glute working automatically? Or am i imagining it all? Any other exercises to recommend?