The Ultimate Glute Exercise Challenge

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May 30

Welcome to The Ultimate Glute Exercise Challenge.

Over the next 4 weeks, by following these exercises you will push yourself to tone and strengthen your glutes.

This article is packed with Glute exercises. You will find both a gym and a home version.

Quite simply, you chose which one you follow.

The good news about this challenge is you only need to complete it 4 times per week.  

If you can only get 2-3 sessions in the i'm confident you will still reap the rewards.  

The exercises stay the same from week to week but progress so you can see your progress.  

Each session in the week is different so you also get variety.  There are links to each exercise too so you can see how to perform them.

Are you ready?

Let's do this.

An Introduction To Glute Activiation

In this video I speak about the importance  of Glute Activation. 

This is important to know before we move forward.

Do You Have Glute Control And Awareness?

Do you have glute control and glute awareness?  

This is an important aspect to grasp when you are training the glutes. 

Simply watch this video to find out how you know.

So, if you want to learn how to activate your glutes and gain the relevant awareness, then give this 4 week ‘glute activation’ program a go.

So who would benefit from this glute exercise challenge:

  • Weightlifters wanting to optimise the way they lift
  • Anyone wanting to develop the tone and firmness
  • Anyone wanting to be more efficient in most gross body movements

Start off by taking ‘before’ photos from the side and behind wearing something tight fitting.  Do 2 sets of photos, relaxed and tense!

Quite simply, following this 4 week glute program 4 times per week and you will get your butt firing and you’ll probably feel the effects immediately.  

Do it at the start or end of your regular training or on its own.

Notes on how to use the programme:

  • 3x8 means 3 sets of 8 repetitions
  • Repetition means how many times you perform the exercise without resting
  • A set is a group of repetitions followed by a short rest then repeat for how many sets have been programmed
  • Where percentages (%) are specified and you don’t know best 1 rep max, ask yourself how hard each weight feels on a scale of 1 to 10.  1 being easy and 10 being a limit. 5/10 = 50%, 6/10 = 60% etc
  • Volume means how many reps and sets
  • Intensity means how hard you work

As you will  be using this page a  lot, we have added a handy quick navigation bar below to get you to your day of the week fast.

Good luck and see you at the end.

Glute Exercise Videos

In this section you will find a complete list of all the videos that show the exercises.

Make sure you watch each one and use the quick navigation links to find them again.

Barbell Hip Thrusters

Lateral Lunges

Good Mornings

Double Leg Bridging

Back Squats

Sumo Deadlifts

Frog Bridging

Front Squats

Bulgarian Lunges

Single Leg Bridging 

Pistol Squats

Romanian Deadlift

Double Leg Bridging

Sumo Squats

Glute Med

Air Squats

Reverse Lunges From Defecit

Side Plank Clams

Curtsy Lunges

Bridging With Shoulder Up

Single Leg RDL's

Week 1
Session 1

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Barbell Hip Thrusters

3 x 6

3 warm-up sets then

70% last 2-4 reps should be challenging

Lateral Lunges

3 x 10

Body weight only

Good Mornings

3 x 8

2 warm-up sets then 50% should feel comfortable.  Push in to a stretch but maintain great back position

Session 2

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Double Leg Bridging

3 x 10

Body weight only .

Back Squats

Warm-up = 3 x 10 then 3 x 8


40, 50 & 60%, 70%

Sumo Deadlifts

Warm-up = 2 x 10 then 3 x 10

40, 50%, 60%

Session 3

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Frog Bridging

3 x 20 .

Body weight only

Front Squats

Warm-up = 3 x 10 then 3 x 8

.

40, 50 & 60%,

70%

Bulgarian Lunges

5 x 8 each leg

Body weight only

Session 4

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Single Leg Bridging

3 x 6 each leg

Body weight only

Pistol Squats

3 x10

Body weight only (Supported if necessary)

Romanian Deadlift

Warm-up = 3 x10 then 3 x 8

40, 50 & 60%,

70%

.

Week 2
 Session 1

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Barbell Hip Thrusters

5 x 6

3 warm-up sets then 80% last 2-4 reps should be challenging

Lateral Lunges

3 x 15

Body weight only

Good Mornings

4 x 8 .

2 warm-up sets then 50% - should feel comfortable.  Push into a stretch but maintain great back position

Session 2

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Double Leg Bridging

5 x 10

Body weight only

Back Squats

Warm-up = 4 x 10 then 3 x 6

40, 50, 60 & 70%

75%

Sumo Deadlifts

Warm-up = 3 x10 then 3 x 8

..

40, 50, & 60%,

70%

Session 3

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Frog Bridging

3 x 25

Body weight only

Front Squats

Warm-up = 3 x10 then 1 x 8 

3 x 8

40, 50 & 60%

70%

75%

Bulgarian Lunges

5 x 8 each leg

Empty bar or holding dumbbells or kettlebells ..

Session 4

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Single Leg Bridging

3 x 8 each leg

Body weight only

Pistol Squats

4 x10 .

Body weight only (Supported if necessary)

Romanian Deadlift

Warm-up = 3 x10 then 3 x 10

...

40, 50 & 60%

70%

Week 3
 Session 1

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Barbell Hip Thrusters

4 x 8

3 warm-up sets then 80% last 2-4 reps should be challenging

Lateral Lunges

5 x 15

Holding a disk

Good Mornings

5 x 8

2 warm-up sets then 50% - should feel comfortable.  Push in to a stretch but maintain great back position

Session 2

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Double Leg Bridging

5 x 10

Holding a weight on hips

Back Squats

Warm-up = 4 x10 then 3 x 8

40, 50, 60 & 70%

75%

Sumo Deadlifts

Warm-up = 3 x10 then 3 x 10

40, 50, & 60%

70%

Session 3

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Frog Bridging

5 x 25

Body weight only

Front Squats

Warm-up = 3 x10 then 1 x 10

1 x 8

2x6

40, 50 & 60%

70%

75%

80%

Bulgarian Lunges

Warm-up

5 x 8 each leg

Empty bar

50-60%

Session 4

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Single Leg Bridging

3 x 10 each leg

Body weight only

Pistol Squats

5 x10

Body weight only (Supported if necessary)

Romanian Deadlifts

Warm-up = 3 x10 then 4 x 10

.

40, 50 & 60%

70%

Week 4
 Session 1

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Barbell Hip Thrusters

5 x 8

3 warm-up sets then..

80% last 2-4 reps should be challenging

Lateral Lunges

5 x 20

Holding a disk

Good Mornings

5 x 10

2 warm-up sets then 50% - should feel comfortable.  Push in to a stretch but maintain great back position

..

Session 2

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Double Leg Bridging

5 x 15 .

Holding a weight on hips .

Back Squats

Warm-up = 4 x10 then 1 x 8

4x6

40, 50, 60 & 70%

75%

80%

Sumo Deadlifts ...

Warm-up = 3 x10 then 1 x 10

3 x 8

40, 50, & 60%

70%

80%

Session 3

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Frog Bridging

4 x 30

Body weight only

Front Squats

Warm-up = 3 x10 then 1 x 10

1 x 8

4x6

40, 50 & 60%

70%

75%

80%

Bulgarian Lunges

Warm-up

5 x 8 each leg

Empty bar

60-70%

Session 4

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Single Leg Bridging

5 x 10 each leg

Body weight only

Pistol Squats

5 x12

Body weight only (Supported if necessary)

Romanian Deadlifts

Warm-up = 3 x10 then 1 x 10

4 x 8

40, 50 & 60%

70%

80%

4 Week Glute Challenge (Home Workout Version)

Week 1
 Session 1

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Double Leg Bridging

3 x 12

Hold each rep at the top for 3 seconds

Sumo Squats

3 x 12

Body weight only

Lateral Lunges

3 x 10

Body weight only

Glute Med

3 x 1 minute

Select 2 variations

Session 2

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Frog Bridging

3 x 12

Body weight only

Air Squats

3 x 12

Body weight only

Reverse Lunges

3 x 10

Body weight only

Side Plank Clams

3 x 8

Body weight only

Session 3

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Single Leg Bridging

3 x 12

Body weight only

Bulgarian Lunges

3 x 8

Body weight only

Curtsy Lunges

3 x 12

Body weight only

Glute med

3 x 1 minute

Body weight only

Session 4

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Shoulder on something bridging

3 x 12

Body weight only

Pistol Squats

3 x 8

Body weight only

Single Leg RDL’s

3 x 10

Body weight only

Sumo Squats with 90 degree hold and squeeze

3 x 10

Body weight only

Week 2
 Session 1

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Double Leg Bridging


3 x 15

Hold each rep at the top for 3 seconds

Sumo Squats

3 x 15

Body weight only

Lateral Lunges

3 x 15

Body weight only

Glute Med

3 x 90 seconds

Select 2 variations

Session 2

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Frog Bridging

3 x 15

Body weight only

Air Squats

3 x 15

Body weight only

Reverse Lunges

3 x 15

Body weight only

Side Plank Clams

3 x 10

Body weight only

Session 3

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Single Leg Bridging

3 x 15

Body weight only

Bulgarian Lunges

3 x 10

Body weight only

Curtsy Lunges

3 x 15

Body weight only

Glute med

3 x 90 seconds

Different variations

Session 4

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Shoulder on something bridging

3 x 15

Body weight only

Pistol Squats

3 x 10 .

Body weight only

Single Leg RDL’s

3 x 12

Body weight only

Sumo Squats with 90 degree hold and squeeze

3 x 12

Body weight only

Week  3
 Session 1

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Double Leg Bridging


4x 15

Hold each rep at the top for 3 seconds

Sumo Squats

4 x 15

Body weight only

Lateral Lunges

4 x 15

Body weight only

Glute Med

3 x 2 minutes

Select 2 variations

Session 2

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Frog Bridging

4 x 15

Body weight only

Air Squats

4 x 15

Body weight only

Reverse Lunges

4 x 15

Body weight only

Side Plank Clams

4 x 10

Body weight only

Session 3

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Single Leg Bridging

4 x 15

Body weight only

Bulgarian Lunges

4  x 10

Body weight only

Curtsy Lunges

 4 x 15

Body weight only

Glute med

3 x 2 minutes

Different variations

Session 4

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Shoulder on something bridging

4 x 15

Body weight only

Pistol Squats

4 x 10 .

Body weight only

Single Leg RDL’s

 4 x 12

Body weight only

Sumo Squats with 90 degree hold and squeeze

 4 x 12

Body weight only

Week 4 
 Session 1

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Double Leg Bridging


 5 x 15

Hold each rep at the top for 3 seconds

Sumo Squats

5 x 15

Body weight only

Lateral Lunges

 5 x 15

Body weight only

Glute Med

3 x 2 minutes 30 secconds

Select 2 variations

Session 2

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Frog Bridging

5 x 15

Body weight only

Air Squats

 5 x 15

Body weight only

Reverse Lunges

5 x 15

Body weight only

Side Plank Clams

5 x 10

Body weight only

Session 3

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Single Leg Bridging

5 x 15

Body weight only

Bulgarian Lunges

5  x 10

Body weight only

Curtsy Lunges

5 x 15

Body weight only

Glute med

3 x 2 minutes 30 seconds

Different variations

Session 4

Exercise

Volume

Intensity

Shoulder on something bridging

5 x 15

Body weight only

Pistol Squats

5 x 10 .

Body weight only

Single Leg RDL’s

5 x 12

Body weight only

Sumo Squats with 90 degree hold and squeeze

 5 x 12

Body weight only

Conclusion

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