By Sam Davis, BHS, CPT, FNS
As a health coach and huge advocate for a naturally grown booty, I get this question quite often: “How do I grow my glutes without growing the rest of my legs?”
I can relate heavily to this question because that used to be me: giant quads with a little bubble butt. And I hit a plateau haaaard with my rear—but then I learned how to fix it. I still have big quads but that’s because I specifically train to have them, but with that being said, my booty has grown exponentially based on glute-targeted exercises.
First I would like to say, your glute-focused workouts need to be intense; you’re not going to grow a big booty without some serious effort and dedication. Second, for the ladies that don’t want the big quad look, most leg exercises activate other leg muscles, so that gets rid of a lot of lower body exercises if we’re just trying to grow glutes alone.
The short answer to this question: You need to stop doing exercises that activate your quads and hamstrings and start doing exercises that heavily tax your glutes.
So when I list these exercises to you, I am not saying this is all you should do. I still believe you should be doing lower body exercises to stay balanced. And to be honest, I would never, as a personal trainer, have a client do only these exercises if they want to grow their glutes. I give you this list so you can add them to your leg days; ease up on the quad and hami building exercises and then design a program to target your glutes twice a week.
Squats, lunges, Bulgarian split squats, leg press, leg extension, Romanian deadlifts, back extensions, good-mornings, adductor exercises, etc.
Remember, heavy lifts are king for growth, so make sure you are pushing the weight, and completing glute-targeted workouts twice a week for optimal growth.
Happy Booty Building!