Here are the 19 Best Glute Exercises and Workouts of All Time (The Definitive Guide)

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2. Kettlebell Swings

Famed spine mechanist, Dr. Stuart McGill, has shown that kettlebell swings is not only an amazing workout for activating the gluteus maximus, but they’re also one of the safest exercises you can do because they impose little to no stress on your back.

If I were stranded on a deserted island and could only do one exercise, it would definitely be the kettlebell swing. It’s that beneficial.

How to do it:

With your back flat and core engaged, lean forward and place both hands on the kettlebell. Your feet should a bit wider than hip-distance apart. Maintain a slight bend to the knee and drive the hips back. Then, in a fluid motion, explosively drive the hips forward while swinging the kettlebell, keeping the glutes and core engaged.


The motion should come from the hips, not the arms nor the quads (this isn’t a squat), as the body returns to standing. Lower the weight back down between the legs and keep this swinging motion going for desired reps.

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