As a certified personal trainer and strength coach, I often get asked by clients how to better isolate the glutes, aka booty muscles, with machines and weights. And they are often surprised when I tell them that a booty band workout might just be the best solution.
To help our readers and clients, we decided to test out a few dozen different lower-body workouts using rubber and fabric booty bands.
After five weeks, our trial team of seven clients was seriously impressed with their new booty toning and firming results.
- A typical booty band workout will get you using resistance bands for exercises like glute kickbacks, fire hydrants, leg lifts, and jumping jacks.
- The great thing about these exercises is that they also get your core engaged for a more toned stomach.
- You can also achieve better booty toning by introducing some supplements that will help with your metabolism and muscle building.
My Favorite Booty Band Workout Routine
Here are eight booty band exercises that we tested out with our clients to see how they affect the shape and toning of the glutes.
Start off with a lower tension band, and make sure you increase the intensity as you become stronger and fitter.
1. Glute Kickbacks
Here’s what to do:
- Kneel on a yoga mat with your knees below your hips.
- Loop a resistance band around your foot and hold the handles in your hand.
- Lift your right knee off the mat and stretch your right leg out.
- Return to the starting point and repeat 15 times.
- Do the same for the left leg.
2. Ankle Jumping Jacks
This is a fun exercise to bring on the sweat.
Start with a low-tension band, as it takes some getting used to it looped around your ankles:
- Get into the starting position with feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
- Get the booty band looped around your ankles.
- Jump up and bring your left and right feet together.
- Then jump up again and bring your left and right foot as far apart as possible.
- Repeat 20–25 times.
3. Donkey Kicks
You can do these standing up, but with booty bands, I suggest doing them kneeling on a quality yoga mat.
It’s a lot easier, too, with bands this way:
- Loop the booty band around your left and right knees.
- Raise your right knee up while keeping the knee bent.
- Hold the top position for a second or two, then lower it back down.
- Repeat 15 to 20 times before switching to the other side.
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4. Fire Hydrants
This is a highly effective way to target your glutes and outer thigh muscles .
Try choosing a thicker band for this movement:
- The starting position is on all fours with your knees on the floor hip-width apart.
- Loop the band around your thighs as close to your knees as possible.
- Raise your left knee as far as possible, and it’ll look like what a dog does to a fire hydrant.
- Repeat the movement 15 times before switching to the other side.
“Your glutes are the most powerful muscles in your body and responsible for any movements of the hip and thighs.”
- Daniel Bubnis, M.S., NASM-CPT
5. Lateral Leg Lifts
This will quickly become a tough exercise to do with a full range of motion .
But make sure you focus on quality over quantity:
- Lie down on your side with your legs straight and your right foot on top of your left foot.
- Loop the booty band around your ankles.
- Lift the right leg up as far as possible and keep the knee straight.
- Lower it down again and repeat for 15 reps before switching to the other side.
6. Banded Squats
Squats are great for your booty, and here is a way to make them more intense without adding free weights:
- Stand with your feet flat on the ground and your knees bent slightly.
- With your feet shoulder-width apart, loop the band around your thighs, close to your knees.
- While slightly leaning forward, start to lower your buttocks to the ground.
- Go as far as possible and try to increase the stretch on the band.
7. Hip Thrusts
This is an exercise that will be great for the glute mass as well as your hip abductors and hip flexors.
The key to these exercises is to focus on engaging your core and glutes even before you start the movement:
- Anchor a resistance band behind you and wrap the band around your hips.
- Keep your knees slightly bent and hold onto something to provide stability.
- Now thrust your hips forward, but avoid using your arms, and repeat 20–30 times.
8. Plank Kickbacks
And here is a final one of our band exercises that will also provide great effects for your core.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Get into the standard plank position with your feet hip-width apart.
- Loop the band around your ankles and lift your left foot off the ground.
- Keep a straight line in your leg and lift it as high as possible.
- Lower the foot down again and switch to the other side.
- Repeat this for 15 reps on each side.
Do Booty Bands Work?
Yes, booty bands work very well to help shape and tone your buttocks. By implementing a regular resistance band glute workout, you will gain more muscle mass and lower your fat storage as well.
How Long Does It Take for Booty Bands to Work?
It will take at least four weeks for the booty bands to work. It all depends on your starting fitness levels and physique, as well as how often you exercise. By doing some dedicated booty exercises twice a week, you should see positive changes very soon.
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