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10 Must-Have Exercises To Build butt muscles!


Are you looking to build your glutes? If so, you've come to the right place. In this post, we'll discuss beginner, intermediate and advanced exercises that will help you achieve your goal.


If your looking to get a bigger butt and a shapely physique like Jennifer Lopez you better work and while your at it do some glute exercises! From six pack abs to a big bottom a sexy body comes in many forms but it all comes down to the curves of our silhouette. There’s no doubt the butt has become a popular body part since the days of Sir-Mix-A-Lot. With superstars like Beyonce, Nikki Minaj, Cardi-B, and Jennifer Lopez all touting there impressive backsides it’s no wonder our butts have become THE body part women who embrace their curvaceous physiques.

We all want our butts to be as high, tight, round, and firm as those seemingly perfect celebrities but getting it is another matter. Because so much of our body’s shape and figure comes from our genetics and our butts is the area where we tend to hold the most fat for the longest. Making it very difficult to shape and tone. But not impossible.

Our glutes are made up of three muscles the gluteus maximus, the gluteus medius, and the gluteus minimums.


The gluteus maximus is the largest of the three muscles that make up the buttocks. This is the muscle where you want to focus your efforts on specifically the the panniculus adiposus or the fatty layer just underneath the skin.

The panniculus adiposus gives the rounded shape of your butt. If you have a flabby buttock it’s because of the panniculus adiposus . After all it is the layer of fat. So naturally in order to shape and give the butt a firm rounded look we need to build the butt with glute exercises.


Thankfully, Gym is here to show you how to get the big ole' booty you want with 10 glute exercises specifically designed to improve your bottom line.

Perform the following moves in a traditional three-set format: 15 reps each set, and resting 60 to 90 seconds between each set. Complete all sets for one exercise before moving on to the next butt exercise.


Shape, lift, and round your butt with a targeted training program.

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Unilateral Stiff-Leg Deadlift

Butt exercise: Unilateral stiff-leg deadlift

Degree of difficulty: 3 out of 5

  • Overview: The key to making this exercise target the glutes instead of the hamstrings is the stretch.
  • Get ready: With your feet close together, hold a dumbbell in your right hand with an overhand grip and extend your arm. Keep your head up and a tight arch in the small of your back.
  • Go: Bending your right knee slightly and keeping your left leg straight and locked, hinge at the hips to lower your torso toward the floor, using the weight as a counterbalance as your left leg comes up in a straight line behind you. With contracted abs, squeeze your right glute and hamstring as you pull your torso back to vertical. Repeat for reps before switching legs.

Gym's tip: “Girls tend to be more flexible than guys, so do these standing on a box for a greater range of motion.” 

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Lateral Step-up With Kickback

Butt exercise: Lateral step up with kickback

Degree of difficulty: 3 out of 5

  • Overview: This exercise works both the adductors and abductors, but the kickback targets the glutes. To add difficulty, use ankle weights.
  • Get ready: Stand to the left side of an aerobic step or box.
  • Go: Step sideways onto the box with your right leg only, then contract your abs and squeeze your left glute as you bring your straight left leg behind you in a kickback motion. Hold for one count, then release the glute and step carefully off the box with your left leg, followed by your right. Repeat for reps, then switch sides.

Gym’s tip: “Be careful not to spring up. You don’t want to get a bounce motion in there. You’re isolating the squeeze-hold and the step up to make sure you’re not using your calves.”

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Split Squat

Butt exercise: Split squat

Degree of difficulty: 4 out of 5

  • Overview: This exercise works both glutes at the same time—one gets stretched while the other is contracted. To add difficulty, use a stability ball instead of a bench.
  • Get ready: Stand a few feet in front of a bench. Carefully extend one foot back to place it on top of the bench with the sole of your shoe almost parallel to the floor.
  • Go: Bend your front leg to lower your torso straight down toward the ground, making sure your knee stays behind your toes, until your thigh is about parallel to the ground and your back knee is within a foot of the floor. Press through the heel of your front leg and squeeze your glute as you rise straight back up.

Gym’s tip: “Make sure the movement goes straight down, not forward.”

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Side Band Walking

Butt exercise: Side band walking

Degree of difficulty: 5 out of 5

  • Overview: This exercise effectively targets the glute-ham tie-in, where most women tend to carry body fat.
  • Get ready: Tie a resistance band just below your knees, and descend into a quarter-squat position, feet slightly more than shoulder-width apart to put tension on the band.
  • Go: Keeping your abs tight and staying in the quarter-squat, step to the right with your right leg first, then your left, keeping tension on the band throughout. Repeat for reps, then switch sides to lead with your left leg.

Gym's tip: “I really like this one because it hits an area in your glutes that’s really hard to get to.”

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Medicine Ball Hip Thrusts

Butt exercise: Medicine ball hip thrusts

Degree of difficulty: 4 out of 5

  • Overview: By rolling the medicine ball closer to or farther away from your glutes, you will feel this exercise in different areas of your glutes. Find the one that allows you to feel it most in the lower-middle portion of your glutes. For added resistance, place a dumbbell or weight plate on your pelvis.
  • Get ready: Lie on your back on the floor with your knees bent and your heels on a small medicine ball.
  • Go: Contract your abs, then squeeze your glutes and hamstrings to thrust your hips upward. Hold for a count, then lower yourself three-quarters of the way back to the floor, keeping your abs contracted, and repeat.

Gym's tip: “Keep your head on the floor. Doing this with your head up is a good way to pinch a nerve in your neck.

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Wide-Stance Leg Press

Butt exercise: Wide-stance leg press

Degree of difficulty: 5 out of 5

  • Overview: The wide stance transfers the action from the quads to the glutes and hamstrings.
  • Get ready: Lying back in a 45° leg press machine, place your feet high on the platform so only your heels are resting on it at the top outside corners, toes pointed out at 45° angles.
  • Go: Unhinge the weight, then bend your knees to bring the platform toward your chest. Pause for a one count, then squeeze your glutes and hamstrings to press the weight back up.

Gym’s tip: “Make sure the small of your back stays flush against the pad. It’s very easy for your glutes to come up, but that can create lower-back injuries.”

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Leg Press Kickback

Butt exercise: Leg press kickback

Degree of difficulty: 4 out of 5

  • Overview: If your gym doesn’t have a dedicated butt blaster machine, use this instead—it uses the same range of motion, and targets the middle portion and upper crest of the glutes.
  • Get ready: Turn yourself around in a 45° leg press machine so your stomach and elbows are resting on the back pad, knees on the seat. Put one foot in the middle of the platform. 
  • Go: Unhinge the weight, then press your foot back at a 45° angle by straightening your leg, squeezing the glutes at the top. Return halfway to the starting position, then repeat for reps.

Gym’s tip: “Don’t arch your back. Make sure your foot is square so your toes are pointing straight down, and don’t use a weight that’s too heavy.”

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Single-Leg Smith Machine Box Squat

Butt exercise: Single-leg Smith machine box squat

Degree of difficulty: 5 out of 5

  • Overview: Do this near the beginning of your workout, when your legs are fresh and you can really focus on the glutes.
  • Get ready: Set up an aerobic step inside a Smith machine and, resting the bar across your upper traps, stand with one foot on the platform and the other hanging straight down off the floor. Unrack the bar and extend your free leg forward at about a 45° angle while keeping the other foot planted on the platform. 
  • Go: Keeping your back flat, descend until your working quad is just past parallel to the floor. Press up through the heel, shifting your hips forward and squeezing your glutes to return to standing.

Gym’s tip: “Make sure you don’t go too far down past parallel; anything more will put stress on the patella. Make sure not to bounce the motion.”

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Single-Leg Stability Ball Glute Cable Kickback

Butt exercise: Single-leg stability ball glute cable kickback

Degree of difficulty: 4 out of 5

  • Overview: Working one leg at a time helps erase muscle imbalances; try using different ranges of motion to see what works best for you.
  • Get ready: Attach an ankle collar to a cable pulley at the lowest setting. Wrap the strap around one ankle, then step about three feet away from the pole. Lie facedown on a stability ball so your stomach and upper thighs rest on it, then place the toes of your non-working foot on the floor behind you and your hands shoulder-width apart on the floor in front of you. 
  • Go: Lock your ankle and, keeping your knee slightly bent, curl your heel toward the ceiling, keeping your hips pressed into the ball. Hold for one count and squeeze your glute, then slowly lower your toe back to the floor.

Gym’s tip: “Keep your head and neck parallel with the floor throughout the exercise.”

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Wall Squat With Stability Ball

Butt exercise: Wall squat with stability ball

Degree of difficulty: 3 out of 5

  • Overview: A great isolator for the glutes and hamstrings, this move eliminates danger to the lower back. For added resistance, hold a pair of dumbbells.
  • Get ready: Stand facing away from a wall with a stability ball between it and the small of your back. Your feet should be in front of your hips, slightly wider than your shoulders, with toes pointed out at 45° angles.
  • Go: Keeping your feet flat on the floor, squat down so the ball rolls up your back, until your quads are just past parallel to the floor. Hold for a count, then lift just your toes into the air to push through your heels as you rise back to the starting position, rotating your glutes and hams inward. Lower your toes back to the floor before starting the next rep.

Gym’s tip: “This is not your typical squatting motion. I hate to use this analogy, but it’s kind of like holding and squeezing a pencil [between your glutes].”

Final Thoughts:

Use these glute exercises today to shape a better and bigger butt. 

And tomorrow, Congratulations! Your butt should be burning on butt exercises, but it will be so worth it!! 

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