Want a Firmer Butt? Try These Pilates Glute Exercises

There's good reason to get cheeky: a fit booty has health benefits! Strengthen your backside with these 5 Pilates glute exercises.

Everyone's backside could use a boost. Think of your glutes as your tires. They need to stay inflated to keep you moving through life, not just the summer swimsuit season. A strong set of glutes - we have three gluteal muscles on each side of our body - keeps the upper body stable and helps relieve tension from the back and even the shoulders. Strong glutes also help stabilize the hips and connect and engage the lower body for a strong gait.

Here are 5 Pilates exercises to shape up those glutes, and build a backside that supports you:

1. Single Leg Kicks

Strengthen your back extensors, hamstrings, and glutes.

2. Side Kicks

Strengthen glutes, hips, abdominals, and back extensors, and stabilize your Powerhouse.

3. Shoulder Bridge

Strengthen the hamstrings and glutes while increasing the flexibility of the front of the leg.

4. Side Kick Kneeling

Strengthen your torso and glutes, while you improve balance and coordination.

5. Leg Pull Back

Strengthen your glutes and hamstrings.

Kathy Schader
About the Author

Kathy Schader

Kathy currently teaches Pilates in Manhattan Beach, CA, and she loves sharing the transformative power of Pilates. When not in the studio, she enjoys spending time with her family and being active outdoors in Southern California.


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That zebra picture... I'm dying! So funny!
Curt H
I have really bad plantar fasciitis. Can you recommend some workouts to help? My whole right side is tight especially in my glutes hamstrings and calf.

Thank you
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Curt ~ We have many videos that focus on the feet which may have some useful exercises for you. I believe this class by Niedra Gabriel (and her entire 10-day challenge) will be especially helpful for you. I hope you enjoy these videos!
Curt H
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Thanks Gia

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