People often ask me how I build up my glutes. Not that I think they’re that great, but it is always very flattering and especially rewarding that people acknowledge my hard work. Because of this, I’ve been asked to write a blog post for Fitness Adventure Travel about how I work out my glutes and what advice I can offer others.
Let me start by saying that we all know that consistency with diet and exercise is key, but it’s also important to know about specific body workouts and how to pull these workouts off to maximum effect, to increase result and avoid injury. Up until two years ago, all I was doing to target my lower body was squats, lunges and deadlifts. My body changed slightly, but I wasn’t really seeing major changes in my glutes and hamstrings in terms of volume or shape.
I decided to do some research on glute training and started changing my workouts to more glute and hamstring targeted exercises. I soon realised that I was doing the wrong training if I wanted to reach my goal. I still do lunges, squats and deadlifts, but those movements are no longer the highlight of my lower body workouts. Instead, exercises such as donkey kicks, cable kickbacks, stiff leg deadlifts and hip thrusts are now on the top of my list. I encourage everyone to try the same, and hopefully they’ll work as well for you as they have for me.
In a nutshell, squats are great but it is not all about squats! Remember to include variety in your workout regime, and always be on the look-out for tips from professionals.
Personal Trainer: Michelle Martinez