Hip thrusts, squats, and deadlifts dominate many leg-day sessions, but what if we said you don't actually need a barbell to grow your glutes? In fact, you don't need any equipment at all.
You might want to unroll one of the best yoga mats to add a little extra cushioning when lying on hard floors, but it's not essential for this glute and ab workout from popular Sweat app trainer Britany Williams. It targets both your core and your body's biggest muscle using just your bodyweight (though
It uses a circuit of just six single-leg moves which are performed for 30 seconds (or approximately 15 repetitions) on either side of your body. Rest for 30 seconds between each set and complete two total rounds of the six-move circuit to finish this time-efficient workout in just 24 minutes.
Watch Williams' videos below to learn how to perform each movement, paying close attention to your technique to ensure you get the most out of this session. Then, when you feel you can mirror her form, give it a go for yourself.
Watch Britany Williams' glutes and abs workout
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This is an example of a barre workout; an exercise method that draws inspiration from other fitness-building activities. First and foremost among these is ballet, but elements of yoga and Pilates are usually present too. (If you enjoy this session, try giving our Pilates for beginners plan a go.)
As such, barre workouts focus on repeated low-impact exercises, with plenty of strength needed to control your limbs throughout each movement. This means they won't put undue stress on your joints, but can be a great way for beginners to build muscle.
"This barre series is excellent for your outer glutes, hip stability, deep core stabilizers and your obliques," Williams says. The internal and external obliques are the long muscles that run down the side of your trunk.
These are just two of several muscles that make up your core. The best abs workouts will activate the majority of these muscles through rotational and stabilizing movements, rather than just focusing on the rectus abdominis muscle (responsible for the six-pack shape) through crunches.
You can use this bodyweight circuit as a standalone daily session, or add it on to the end of a leg-day workout to hit your core and stabilizing muscles in your hips. We do, however, recommend giving your legs a day off resistance training afterwards to allow them to recover.
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Harry Bullmore is a Fitness Writer for Fit&Well and its sister site Coach, covering accessible home workouts, strength training session, and yoga routines. He joined the team from Hearst, where he reviewed products for Men's Health, Women's Health, and Runner's World. He is passionate about the physical and mental benefits of exercise, and splits his time between weightlifting, CrossFit, and gymnastics, which he does to build strength, boost his wellbeing, and have fun.
Harry is a NCTJ-qualified journalist, and has written for Vice, Learning Disability Today, and The Argus, where he was a crime, politics, and sports reporter for several UK regional and national newspapers.
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