Exercise Profile
  • Target Muscle Group
  • Exercise TypeStrength
  • Equipment RequiredBodyweight
  • MechanicsIsolation
  • Force TypePush (Unilateral)
  • Experience LevelBeginner
  • Secondary Muscles
Target Muscle Group


Glutes Muscle Anatomy Diagram

Glute Kick Back Overview

The quadruped hip extension, commonly referred to as the glute kick back, is an exercise used to isolate the glute muscles. It is also an excellent option to use as an activation drill to warm up the glutes.

They are also referred to as the donkey kick, because when you perform them you look like a donkey kicking with their hind leg.

Glute Kick Back Instructions

  1. Setup in a quadruped position with your hands underneath your shoulders, knees underneath your hips, and toes tucked.
  2. While keeping a neutral spine and a 90 degree angle at the knee, extend the hip and drive the heel towards the ceiling.
  3. Slowly return to the starting position and repeat for the desired number of repetitions on both sides.

Glute Kick Back Tips

  1. The lumbar spine shouldn’t move at all, ensure that all of the movements comes entirely from the hip.
    • Squeeze the glute and exhale as the hip extends to keep the abs active.
  2. Keep the head down and don’t worry about looking up as you complete repetitions, this can tend to drive you further into extension.
  3. Keep the elbows locked out and think about leading the movement by driving the heel vertically.
Posted on: Tue, 06/28/2022 - 01:38

I'm doing the womens 12 week and I do t have a machine to do the.glutes so I replaced it with this but I want to add more then body weight. I tried.bands but it was awkward and I didn't get much from it. What other options do I have?

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Posted on: Tue, 06/28/2022 - 09:59

Try ankle weights for a start. Other than that, you can use a cable pulley with a ankle attachment.

P Price
Posted on: Thu, 06/30/2022 - 10:56

I place a dumbbell weight behind my knee. Nothing super heavy.

Posted on: Tue, 05/21/2024 - 12:06

Where did you find the women’s 12week??

Tammy B
Posted on: Thu, 05/12/2022 - 21:12

If working out in a gym with a glute press machine would it be better to use it?

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Posted on: Fri, 05/13/2022 - 08:17

Either option would work well, Tammy!

Posted on: Wed, 02/24/2021 - 06:35

So if it’s 3x15, it’s 3 times each leg? Or alternating?

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Posted on: Wed, 02/24/2021 - 09:23

Hey Mafe - you'll do 3 sets of 15 reps on each leg.