My favourite glute exercises
I like to incorporate some weight training into my fitness regime for strength and toning, and I love anything that works my glutes (who doesn't?). I've found that the exercises below target my glutes in the best possible way. Plus they also work my legs and core.
1. Overhead squats
When I do overhead squats, I really focus on engaging my glutes throughout the movement to make sure my quads don't take over. They also work your core, shoulders, back and arms as your upper body has to stabilise the weight overhead!
2. Kettlebell snatches
It's important to get the technique correct before going ahead with these snatches. I discovered them when I used to do CrossFit. I love them because you have to focus on squeezing your glutes and legs to get the kettlebell swinging. That's where all the power comes from! You can get the same effect from kettlebell swings (which are a good place to start if you haven't done snatches).
3. Straight leg deadlifts
These are one of my all-time favourites. I personally prefer straight leg deadlifts to normal deadlifts because I find they allow me to really target my glutes. Again, it's SO important to get the technique right before adding any weight to the movement, because you don't want to end up hurting your back. Once you've got the technique down and add a bit of weight, they really get your glutes firing and your heart rate up!
4. Narrow squats with raised heels
I have my friend Tristan to thank for this one. She showed me how to do it and it really gets into the lower part of your glutes, just under your booty! We did the exercise with our heels raised on a weight plate, and added a kettlebell for an extra challenge. The idea is to make sure you don't go all the way down into the squat or all the way up, so you stay engaged while squeezing your glutes like there's no tomorrow!