Glute Exercises: See Pictures & Descriptions of Effective Glutes Exercises

Train your Glutes with a variety of effective Glute Exercises that will increase strength, mobility & muscle development...

Keep in mind that this page is meant to be a brief & quick guide to Glute exercises, and thats why you won't see detailed instruction on proper technique or how many sets/reps to perform...

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Ball Leg Press

- Lie on back.
- Bend knees and grasp ball between ankles.
- Tighten abdominal muscles, lift ball up to chest.
- Straighten knees, lifting ball.
- Lower to chest and lower to floor.
- Repeat.

Bar Bridge

- Lie on back with knees bent as shown.
- Place bar across hips.
- Lift up buttocks.
- Lower and repeat.

Barbell Squat

- Place barbell over shoulders, behind head.
- Grip bar firmly with hands, elbows bent to 90 degrees.
- Feet should be about shoulder distance apart.
- Slowly bend knees, keeping back straight.
- Return to start position and repeat

Dumbbell Deadlift

- Stand with feet together, weights on floor in front of feet.
- Squat down placing chest against thighs.
- Tighten lower back muscles, grasp weights in hands.
- Keep head forward and back straight, and gently straighten knees until a gentle stretch is felt. Hold for several seconds.
- Slowly stand upright.
- Keeping back straight, reverse the motion and lower weights to floor, keeping knees as straight as possible and hold for several seconds, then bend knees, returning to start position.

Dumbbell Forward Squat

- Stand with feet about hip distance apart.
- Toes should be slightly pointed outward and aligned with knees.
- Hold weights in hands, resting on shoulders.
- Squat down until thighs are almost parallel with floor while moving buttocks backward, similar to beginning to sit in a chair.
- Return to start and repeat.

Dumbbell Forward Wide Squat

- Stand with feet wider than hip distance apart.
- Toes should be slightly pointed outward and aligned with knees.
- Hold weights in hands, resting on shoulders.
- Squat down until thighs are almost parallel with floor while moving buttocks backward, similar to beginning to sit in a chair.
- Return to start and repeat.

Dumbbell Full Reverse Lunge

- Stand holding weights at side, palms inward.
- Step back with one leg until rear knee almost touches floor.
- Front leg should not extend past toes.
- Push back up forward to a standing position.
- Repeat.

Dumbbell Lunge Squat

- Hold weights in hands.
Step forward and bend knees until in a lunge position.
- Slowly bend both knees to lower trunk toward floor.
- Slightly straighten knees to raise up.
- Continue to lower and raise while in lunge position.

Dumbbell Side Lunge

- Stand with weight in hands.
- Step sideways to left as shown, keeping trunk vertical.
- Push back up to starting position.
- Repeat sets to right side.

Incline Slide Leg Pull Downs

- Attach cables according to manufacturer instructions.
- Lie on back as shown.
Attach ankle cuff to left ankle.
- Begin with leg upward, knee straight.
- Lower leg, return and repeat.
- Repeat series with right leg.

Machine Back Leg Press

- Stand at leg exercise machine.
- Place pad at back of thigh just above knee.
- Stand on left leg and push right knee backward.
- Return to start position and repeat.
- Repeat sets with other leg.

Machine Hip Lateral Press

- Stand at leg exercise machine.
- Position pad at outside of right thigh just above knee.
Stand on left leg and push outward with right leg.
- Return to start position and repeat.
- Repeat sets with other leg.

Pulley Leg Mulekick

- Attach pulley to secure object at waist level.
- Attach pulley around foot of involved leg.
- Stand as shown, knee bent, facing the pulley.
- Push leg downward and backward as the knee straightens.
- Return to start position and repeat.

Stairstepper Backwards

- Stand on Stair stepper backwards.
- Begin climbing.

Treadmill Backwards

- Stand on side of Treadmill.
- Start belt of Treadmill.
- Step onto belt backwards and begin walking backwards.

Weighted Bent Knee Back Leg Lift

- Lie face down.
- Place weight on ankle.
Start with leg bent to 90 degrees.
- Lift involved leg up.
- Return to starting position.

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Major Glute Muscles

Gluteus Maximus

Names:
Butt
Hips (Rear)
Glutes

Heads:
Upper Fibers (Most Fibers)
Lower Fibers

Origin:
Ilium
- Crest (Posterior)
Sacrum (Posterior)
Fascia of the Lumbar Area

Insertion:
Femur
- Gluteal Line
Tibia
- Lateral Condyle
-- Iliotibial Tract (Lateral Thigh)

Related Muscles:

Gluteus Medius

Names:
Hip
Hip Abductor

Heads:
Anterior Fibers
Posterior Fibers

Origin:
Ilium
- External Surface just below crest
-- Anterior
-- Posterior

Insertion:
Femur
- Greater Trochanter
-- Posterior and Lateral Surface

Related Muscles:

Gluteus Minimus

Names:
Hip
Hip Abductor

Heads:
Gluteus Minimus

Origin:
Ilium
- External Surface
-- Below the origin of the Gluteus Medius

Insertion:
Femur
- Greater Trochanter
-- Anterior Surface

Related Muscles:

Movement/Joint Articulations

Extension: moving the thigh or top of the pelvis backward.

Adduction: moving the thigh inward with hip straight.

Abduction: moving the thigh outward with hip straight.

Transverse Abduction: moving the thigh outward with hip bent.

Medial Rotation (Internal Rotation): turning the thigh or pelvis inward.
 
Lateral Rotation (External Rotation): turning the thigh or pelvis outward.

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Abdominals

Biceps

Chest

Neck

Lats

Lower Back

Back

Shoulders

Traps

Triceps

Calves

Glutes

Quadriceps

Hamstring

 

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