24 of the Best Glute Exercises for Building a Better Booty

by Chris Miquel October 15, 2015

24 of the Best Glute Exercises for Building a Better Booty


  • Squats aren't the only way to get a booty lift.
  • By using a variety of glute exercises you will better be able to attain the results your looking for.

Your glutes are an incredibly important muscle group for many reasons, including preventing injury, improving performance, and helping you fit nicely into your jeans. That’s why we’re going to show you some of the best glute exercises you can do to get your butt properly fired up and working for you. These will help you move better, feel better, and kick your training up a notch.

    1. Step-up

      Check out this perfect glute exercise that will be sure to get your heart rate up and the lactic acid burning. This exercise is one we perform every day without even knowing it. Whether that’s going up and down stairs or stepping on and off curbs, this one will completely isolate your booty for bigger gains.

    2. Weighted walking lunges

      Exercise number 2 on this list is the ultimate booty burner that you will definitely be sore from the next day. With your arms at your sides and a dumbbell in each hand, step forward. Lunge and alternate legs with each step. Remember to breathe and lunge low. Make sure your front knee never extends past your toes. Check out this link to learn more!

      woman lunges for better glutes

    3. Barbell glute bridge exercise

      You’re gonna hate this one, but it will definitely pay off! The lifting motion used in this exercise is perfect for isolating your glutes. One of the big benefits you’ll reap with this exercise is that it works more than one large muscle group at a time. You will find that your core will be just as sore as your glutes!

    4. Glute bridge with march

      Try out number 2 this list. This is a very simple glute exercise, but simple doesn’t always mean easy. This one forces you to engage all of your stabilizer muscles, which are often forgotten when doing glute exercises. It is also very convenient because this an exercise that you can do virtually anywhere. Check out this link and give it a try!

    5. Single-leg squat with towel

      This exercise will help develop your quads, glutes and hamstrings, which all work together to improve the appearance of your lower half. Get rid of your excuses and grab a towel, because that’s the only thing you need here!

    6. Romanian deadlift

      It is a common misconception that the only way to strengthen a muscle group is by isolating it. This is false. By doing exercises that strengthen the muscles around your target muscle group, you will see the best results. The Romanian deadlift is a variation that particularly targets the hamstrings, making it a worthy addition to a glute routine, because of the way it works to support the glutes. Add deadlifts to your workout ASAP!

      woman performs romanian lunge for glutes

    7. Wide-stance squats

      Squats are great for hitting multiple muscle groups at the same time. With this exercise you will be working your hamstrings and quads, which will lead to a firmer booty. This glute exercise is no joke. Check out number 1 in this video if you’re looking for a booty transformation!

    8. Stability ball leg curls

      Stability balls can be used for strengthening many different body groups, but have you ever considered that they could be used for your glutes? Try out this stability ball leg curl glute exercise for a challenging glute workout.

    9. Full-leg contraction

      We all know that squats are one of the best ways to tighten up the glutes, but this full leg contraction exercise takes squats to a whole new level. By performing these wide squats on the balls of your feet you will feel the muscle contraction in your lower glutes. Check out this link to learn more!

    10. Superman

      Lying on your stomach and performing double leg lifts really works your hamstrings, glutes, and back. You'll be in superhero strength in no time! Check out this superman exercise that will leave you looking and feeling like a hero.

      woman performs superman exercise for glutes

    11. Side band walking

      For this exercise, it is important to keep your abs tight and stay in a quarter-squat position. With each step side-to-side, make sure to keep the band tight and always breathe. Try out number 5 for the perfect banded glute exercise that you can do anywhere!

    12. Kettlebell mountain climbers

      This kettlebell mountain climber exercise is the perfect booty burner to add into your any of your workouts. This motion is ideal for the total glute isolation you’re looking for! Check out this link to learn more.

    13. Standard glute bridge

      Many experts agree that having strong, mobile glutes is essential for good back health, and of course it helps add to a balanced figure. Perform the standard glute bridge multiple times during the day to keep your muscles activated!

    14. Power glute DB step-ups

      Check out number 3 on this list! This power glute dumbbell exercise is sure to give you great results fast! Instead of expecting to load up the rack every training session, try this workout 1-2 days per week for 2-3 weeks then return to your traditional training; you'll be amazed by the strength gains you'll see after focusing heavily on this specific region.

    15. Curtsy lunges

      Try out number 4 on this list! This lunge exercise is the ultimate glute workout! Normal lunges are great but sometimes it is hard to get a deep range of motion. With this exercise it allows you to get a deep stretch while maintaining that extreme glute contraction.

    16. Single-leg squats

      If you’re trying to improve sports performance or simply get a better looking butt, this one-legged squat exercise is perfect for you! The ability to perform this simple exercise easily and gracefully will develop your stability and core strength and also help you prevent injury. This is also a great exercise for runners!

      barbell single leg squats glute exercise

    17. High bar full squats

      This exercise takes squats to a whole new level! Check out number 1 on this list to create stronger, rounded glutes. This movement is also perfect for someone who is just starting out!

    18. Hip hike

      Do you love to run? If so, this exercise is perfect for you. Whether you’re trying to lower your mile time or simply feel better, this hip hike glute exercise is perfect for improving the quality of your runs! Check out this link to learn more!

    19. Weighted hip thrusters

      Place a barbell right across your hips, with your upper back supported by a bench. Lower the glutes all the way down to the floor, and then squeeze up until the glutes are parallel with your knees. You will feel the burn. Check out these weighted hip thrusters for serious results!

      weighted barbell hip thrust glute exercises

    20. Hackey pull

      During each rep, squeeze your glutes as hard as possible when popping the bar off the hips to maximize glute recruitment. By doing this, you will be contracting your glutes, forcing them to work extra hard. This glute exercise is a little out of the ordinary, but your body will love you for it.

    21. Stairmaster

      The Stairmaster is everybody’s least favorite way to get in some cardio, but it’s so much more than just walking up stairs! You can do all sorts of positions like: walking sideways, walking backwards, skipping a step, crossing legs, etc. These different positions work your glutes from different angles, providing an all-around glute workout while also burning calories!

    22. Sumo squat pulse

      This exercise will not only isolate your glutes, but it will also help you burn so many calories, because your heart rate will be up the whole time! Give this killer sumo squat pulse exercise a try for one of the best glute and quad burns you’ll ever feel!

    23. Deadlifts

      You have to add this glute exercise to your workout immediately! Try out this full body deadlift glute exercise that will be sure to get your heart rate up! You will love the results that you’ll get from it.

    24. Barbell hip thrust

      Calling all guys! Contrary to popular belief, getting a better butt isn’t just for the ladies. There are many benefits that come with having stronger glutes! Check out this video for the best mass glute exercise!

Chris Miquel
Chris Miquel


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