Stop. Just Stop. There is no such thing as "activating the glutes". That's PT and personal trainer talk for "Make me more money".
You move your joints through s specific range of motion and if that motion requires contraction of a muscle then that muscle contracts.
Don't be stupid.
Stop Alan, stop. Dysfunction can occur for many reasons whether it be sedentary lifestyle (sitting too much and or incorrectly), trauma, disease, past injuries. Muscle imbalances and recruitment can become compromised. This can result in some muscles being overactive or underactive relative to one another and how it helps a joint move.
It isn't necessarily that the muscle isnt working, its that it's not contributing what it needs to contribute. In these cases activation of certain muscles and inhibition of others may be advised.
Think of a team working together, sometimes one of the members of the team isn't contributing enough.
So you think athletes participating in sports, running 30-60min day or more, have a muscular dysfunction in their glutes?
Show me the science.
– Dr. Marco Cardinale, PhD -Writing in his sports and fitness science blog, says:
“the idea that an individual’s glutes are not firing is “absolute nonsense. If your glutes didn’t fire you wouldn’t be able to walk and your condition might suggest a spinal cord injury or neurodegenerative disease.”
Glute activation is a myth unless you are looking at a diseased population.
Any individual differences in glute activation in healthy individual is solely due to differences in anthropology.