Get Your Butt In Gear: 3 Day Glute Workout

Performance coach Eric Brown shows you how to get rid of that flat rear end by combining sprints and barbell leg training. Standard & advanced workouts included.

Workout Summary

Build Muscle
Single Muscle Group
Beginner
10 weeks
3
30-45 minutes
Barbell
Male & Female
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Workout Description

If there is one part of the body that makes or breaks a physique, it is a well-developed gluteus maximus - aka rear/butt/booty/donk/derrière.

A well-developed physique looks incomplete when you have pancake glutes.  Genetics determine how your glutes will naturally look, BUT you can maximize your genes through proper training and a quality nutritional methodology.  And I am the good doctor (the Glute Doctor actually) who is going to show you the way.

Genetics is the the author of how your book (your glutes) reads without editing (training/nutrition).  Some of us are born with a naturally flat buts.  I am one of them.  Some of us are born with naturally round rumps.  Think Serena Williams or Jennifer Lopez.

When you look at track and field athletes you notice that their glutes stand out.  Sprinters have the best glutes in the world.  Most of a sprinter's training revolves around sprints and heavy lower body lifts.

When I arrived at college I was 135lbs of nothing but bones.  After 3 years of running track and developing my training programs, I weighed 155lbs with glutes higher and tighter than a military fade.

We all have the potential to develop glutes, but it will take time and patience.

The Moves that will literally save your arse

Sprints - Sprints are the ultimate training movement.  If I could do only 3 movements for the rest of my life, sprints would be my first choice.  If you are not sprinting as a part of your fitness regimen, you are losing badly.

Injuries that prevent you from sprinting today can be overcome with a proper protocol.  As far as being lean and having a super booty go, there is no move that is better.  When I ran track, sprints were the most responsible for building my legs.

If building up some serious glutes while burning fat sounds appealing to you, then you should keep reading.  If you are not sprinting as part of your training, and hopping on that lame treadmill/elliptical again, I advise you to make the change…unless you enjoy being Pamela Pancake.

Barbell Hip Thrusts - Hip thrusts are the number one glute movement in the book.  Period.  This exercise was brought to the forefront by Bret Contreras in 2009.  And shortly after reading his classic article “Dispelling the Glute Myth,” I began to implement the barbell hip thrust into my training protocols.

I wish I would have known about this movement during my track days.  What a difference it could have made.  One of my female athletes hip thrusted 325lbs @ 120lbs bodyweight.  By the way she was only 19!  Her speed on the track improved greatly.

I am a big believer in this movement and have used it in my training protocols since 2010.  For women who are looking to truly add shape, size and curves to your backside then this is the exercise for you.  For men looking to perform better on the field or faster on track then this exercise is for you.  There is no reason why the hip thrust should not be a part of your regular fitness regimen.

Check out my 48 year old client. The Glute Queen hit 365lb at only 124lbs bodyweight in the video below.  There is a reason why we call her the Glute Queen!

Barbell/Dumbbell Lunges - Lunges are very mentally and physically tough, but they are very good for the glutes.  The advantage of the barbell version versus the dumbbell version is that you can really load up heavier weight without having to worry about your hands.  Your grip will always quit before your legs do.

Most gyms do not have the spacing to allow for true barbell walking lunges, but you can perform them in the squat rack by stepping into the lunge and then stepping back.  By adding a forward stretch (the stretch lunge to be exact) you can truly stress the glutes in a major way.

If you do not have access to a barbell or want a change of pace, the dumbbell lunge will serve you extremely well too.  Your back knee must contact the floor for the lunge to count.  Remember the glutes are what get you out of the hole.

Barbell Squats - Squats are at the top of the list for many good reasons.  The only problem with squats is that MOST folk do not squat below parallel (into the bucket).  You cannot get proper glute activation when you perform worthless high squats.

You will see many a meathead squat with excessive weights and horrific form.  And most times they will also have pipes as legs.  If their legs are big however, you can be guaranteed that they are no stranger to certain “tonics.”  Leave your ego at home and get into the bucket to truly stress the glutes.

Just like with lunges, the glutes are what will push you out of the hole when squatting.  You will have to lower the weight initially to get deeper but you will hit the glutes much harder and force them to grow.  You can view these moves in the video below:

Standard Glute Training Scheme

Of course knowing is only a third of the battle.  Execution and planning make up the rest.  How can you use these movements as part of your scheme to produce results?  I will share a basic protocol.  You will replace your regular leg day with this glute specific scheme.  You can perform your normal upper body training.

Fitman Standard Glute Scheme - One lower body day and one sprint (separated by 72 hours).  If you perform legs on Monday, perform the sprints on Thursday or Friday.

Standard Workout
Day 1
Exercise Sets Reps
Barbell Squat - 90 seconds between sets 5 5
Barbell Hip Thrust (superset) 3-4 8-12
Dumbbell Lunge (superset) 3-4 8-12
For the superset, rest 45-75 seconds between moves and 1:30-2 minutes between sets.    
Standard Workout
Day 2
Exercise
Perform either option A or B, not both.
 
Option A - Hill sprints x 6-10 reps: There a great hill around my area at Upper Moreland High School. The “U.”  The “U” has no friends and has repeatedly made me scream for years. It is about 350-400 meters long. I have done intervals from 25-400 meters. For you, find an incline hill, and alternate the distance each week.  I recommend 30-100 yards.  Rest is the walk back.
Option B - 50 meter sprint x 6-10 reps: Very simple scheme here.  Find a track, get warmed up thoroughly, and run very fast for 50 meters. The rest is the walk back to the start line.  For a warm up to prepare you for sprinting, check out the video below.

Advanced Glute Training Scheme

Fitman Advanced Glute Scheme - Two lower body days and one sprint day. The ideal split for this is Mon/Thu/Sat or Tues/Fri/Sun.  My preference is to go day one on Monday, the sprint day on Thursday, and day two on Saturday.

Advanced Workout
Day 1
Exercise Sets Reps
Barbell Squat - 90 seconds between sets 5 5
Barbell Hip Thrust (superset) 5 6
Glute Ham Raise (superset) 5 6
For the superset, rest 45-75 seconds between moves and 1:30-2 minutes between sets.    
Advanced Workout
Day 2
Exercise Sets Reps
Romanian Deadlift - Rest 90 seconds between sets 5 10
Barbell Hip Thrust (superset) 5 10
Dumbbell Lunges (superset) 5 10
For the superset rest 45-75 seconds between moves and 1:30-2 minutes between sets.    
Advanced Workout
Day 3
Exercise
Perform either option A or B, not both.
 
Option A - Flying 30 meter sprint x 6-8 reps.  You will run these on the turn leading into the straightaway.  Accelerate into the turn, and you should be full speed by the time you reach the 100 meter start line.  Rest is the walk back.
Option B - 10 x 100 meter sprints.  You should sprinting at about 75-85 percent of your max speed.  If you do not know 100 meter dash time, then have someone time it for you.  If not, just run hard 10 times!  Rest is the walk back.

Conclusion

Even if you were born with the serious condition known as nassatol (pronounced Na-Si-Tol), there is hope.  By performing these basic movements and this basic scheme over time, anyone is capable of developing rounder and more powerful glutes.

To gain mass in your glutes while using this scheme, you will want to increase your calories so that you can build more muscle.  Remember the strength and growth you want will not occur with a haphazard nutrition plan.

I promise you that great changes are going to come whether you want better performance or just want to look better in those jeans.  And fellas, the ladies are watching you in those jeans.  Being known as Frank Flat will never be acceptable!

If you want to get that lean and ripped body, it’s time you step your game up and train like an athlete. This means getting back to the most essential basics of sprinting and lifting workouts. Learn exactly how with Fitman’s new book, Use Speed To Get Lean!

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