The Best Dumbbell Exercises for Your Glutes

My friend, and fellow CrossFitter, Sam, recently went on a work trip that involved a hotel stay. When she arrived, she posted on her Instagram story a sweeping view of the hotel gym she had to work with for the length of her stay. Needless to say, it wasn’t her usual set-up … essentially, her options were a few pieces of cardio equipment and some dumbbells.

For those of us who are used to the convenience of having a full gym nearby that provides all the fitness (kettle)bells and whistles, this sort of situation can be somewhat disconcerting. But it certainly doesn’t have to be — it’s totally possible to get a great workout with just dumbbells.

With so much awesome fitness equipment out there, we’ve gotten a little away from the basics. Let’s breathe life back into this old faithful fitness friend, shall we?

In my last post, we covered the best dumbbell exercises for your chest. This time, we’re focusing in on your booty.

The Best Dumbbell Exercises for Your Glutes

When it comes to working your glutes with dumbbells, there are some serious advantages. Dumbbells force you to stabilize differently than with a barbell. Because only one arm holds the weight, there tends to be more movement that your body is required to control through the full range of motion, translating to more functional strength.

Through combining dumbbells with single-leg work, you can also create more balance in your body because each side of your body has to be able to work independently. If each of your glutes can perform well solo, they’re better able to perform better in concert with each other.

So, without further delay, here are the best ways to boost your glutes using only dumbbells:

Put them into a workout and you got …

And if you want a visual of what each move looks like, check out this demo video.

What are your favorite dumbbell exercises to strengthen your booty? Share them in the comments. And check out our fave dumbbells here!Alison

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9 Comments
  1. Hempextract says:

    Nice post and nice read very informative and motivative i really like it thanks for share.

  2. Jenny Jo says:

    I love the article Alison! To get a nice booty, working the glutes is very important. When I first started going to the gym, I would get pain in my hips which restricted the range of motion in my lower body. I finally discovered it was due to tight hip flexors! The following program help me treat and cure the pain http://bit.ly/2tbxYJL

  3. Ankita Roy says:

    It feels very safe while using gym equipment for exercise…

  4. Kelly Hart says:

    You can always get a good workout no matter what and this is such a great workout. Dumbbells give you the aspect of isolating your glutes and building resistance without relying on having to do squats! If you ever feel that you can’t maximize your hip movement, I’ve found that this helps… http://bit.ly/2pnUkCR

  5. Jo says:

    Great article! Thank you for this useful information

  6. Susan says:

    Your Glutes Circuit Workout contains some of the most effective sculpting exercises for an area that can be difficult to shape. It also reminds me that I need reintroduce Curtsy Lunges into my workouts. Thanks!

  7. Patricia says:

    My favorite exercise to strengthen the booty is squats!! That is the best of the best

  8. Mayur says:

    Thanks for share dumbbell exercises Glutes, very informative post.

  9. Met says:

    You have a great blog and thank you for sharing this article I found some useful tips