You don't need to go to the gym to grow your glutes, as these five moves can help you do it at home with just a pair of dumbbells.
A set of the best adjustable dumbbells are ideal for these exercises as you can change their weight to suit your fitness level. However, fixed dumbbells, kettlebells, or even some full water bottles will also do the trick — as long as you can hold one in each hand and they add resistance to the movement, you're good to go.
Gymnast and fitness trainer Morgan Rose Moroney has recommended five of her favorite dumbbell exercises for growing your glutes, and to help you get the most from them, we've arranged them into a 30-minute muscle-building workout.
We suggest performing three sets of each exercise before moving on to the next one, taking one minute of rest between sets. Complete between eight and 12 repetitions of each movement, using a weight that allows you to maintain perfect form but still feels challenging, particularly as you reach rep eight and above.
This will allow you to utilize the progressive overload principle for improved muscle and strength gains. Watch Moroney's video below to find out which five exercises she recommends, and mirror her technique to ensure you perform each one with perfect form.
Watch Morgan Rose Moroney's five-move dumbbell glute workout
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Moroney has compiled these five exercises to help you grow your glutes, but that's not their only advantage. They will also help you build overall leg muscle and lower body strength.
For example, dumbbell RDLs (or Romanian Deadlifts; you can find out how to deadlift properly here) will hit your hamstrings too, while sumo squats engage almost every leg muscle you have.
Although squats may seem simple, there's more to these leg day staples than meets the eye, so we recommend checking out our guide on how to do squats before adding weight to the movement.
This workout is an example of a resistance training session, with the intention of helping you build muscle and increase your strength in the targeted body parts.
A study published in Current Sports Medicine Reports found this style of training holds a host of health benefits, including improving physical performance, boosting cardiovascular health, reducing blood pressure and increasing bone density, among others.
If you want to add this workout into your fitness routine, we recommend using it as a full day of training. We also advise you give your legs at least 24 hours to recover from these taxing movements, so why not opt for an upper body session or some cardio the following day?
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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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