One of the keys to losing weight is recruiting as many muscles as possible in the shortest period of time for the highest caloric burn, and one muscle grouping shines as being able to maximize the proverbial bang for your buck. As the largest muscle group in your body, the glutes have plenty of fat-burning potential. When you target your buttocks, you expend a huge amount of energy in order to make them work, which translates to burning more calories. Whether weight loss is your primary goal or not, there are other fantastic reasons to incorporate glute-specific moves into your workouts.
With a strong backside, you are better equipped to make strength gains in general. Powerful glutes aid in stabilizing the hips, which greatly helps maintain good form and prevent injury in staple exercises like squats and deadlifts. Glute training also helps increase hip range of motion, further contributing to good form while also producing power to excel in endurance activities like running or cycling.
Here are some of the best exercises to build a strong (and shapely) backside:
Goblet Squat (Kettlebell or Dumbbell)
Barbell Glute Bridge