Knowing how to properly engage and train your glutes is integral to getting the body you want and deserve-both in appearance and in function. Not only are the glutes incredibly powerful and their activation important for the performance of just about every exercise, they happen to be the muscle group that most of us really want to develop.
When the ladies of Girls Gone Strong get together, you can be sure there will be some glute training!
A strong butt is something to be proud of, and in honor of your booty, the Girls Gone Strong have compiled this list to help you design your glute training. Indeed squats, deadlifts, and hip thrusts are amazing for developing your glutes, are the king of lifts, but today we want to highlight a few other very effective glute exercises.
1. Lateral Band Walks
Maintain a sizable distance between your feet at all times, and maintain tension on the bands.
Set your hips back and keep your knees soft.
Let your knees cave in.
Let your upper body rock or your hips hike up and down.
2. High Step Ups
Set the bench up at a height that drops your hip below your knee to fully engage the glute.
Drive through the heel of the up leg.
Push off excessively through the down leg.
Let your core disengage on the way down.
Let your hip kick out or knee cave in on the up leg.
3. Single Leg Romanian Deadlift
Hinge at the hip of the standing leg and keep the knee soft.
Keep your hips square and foot of the up leg pointing towards the ground.
Keep the back leg straight glute engaged.
Use your lats to keep the weight connected to your body (if using weight).
Round at the back, especially the low back.
Go further into the hinge than your current mobility and stability level will allow you to.
Take your leg higher than your hips or your torso lower than your hips.
You can implement one or all of these exercises in your existing program to help build and strengthen your glutes, as long as you listen to your body and progress safely.
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Neghar Fonooni is a Girls Gone Strong co-founder and Advisory Board member. She is a fitness and lifestyle coach, writer, entrepreneur, veteran, wife, and mom. Neghar’s mission is to help women all over the world live fit, happy, empowered lives without stress and shame. Learn more about Neghar on her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.