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5 Dumbbell Glute Exercises (10-Minute Glute Workout)

Build strong glutes with five of the best dumbbell glute exercises. This glute-focused, lower body workout combines five glute exercises you can do at home with dumbbells. The ultimate butt workout for women, targeting the glute muscles from all angles with squats, step ups and hip thrusts.

Grow your glutes at home with five dumbbell glute exercises.

This quick and effective workout uses a set of dumbbells to target all three muscles in the glutes: the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus. 

Training your glutes not only strengthens and shapes the glute muscles, but also can reduce lower back pain and improve hip/pelvic stability. 

Today’s workout focuses on single leg exercises for a total glute burnout. Add this onto a leg workout or knock it out as a quick 10-minute burnout!

If squat and lunges hurt your knees, try this 8-minute booty building workout (no squats and no lunges).

woman performing a single leg dumbbell hip thrust in a glute workout

Dumbbell Glute Exercises FAQs

Can You Build Glutes With Dumbbells?

Dumbbell strength exercises are an effective way to build the glute muscles. The glutes are the largest muscle group in the body, and dumbbells can activate all three parts of the butt: the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus (the lower, upper and side glutes). Some of the best glute exercises with weights include dumbbell squats, deadlifts and hip thrusts. If you’re a beginner, try this beginner glute workout or this no squat, no lunge booty workout.

What Is The Number One Glute Exercise?

Hip thrusts (or glute bridges) are the best exercise you can do to target the glutes, and they’re scalable for different fitness levels. Begin with body weight glute bridges, and scale up the intensity by adding a resistance band, dumbbell or barbell hip thrust as you build strength. 

What Are The Benefits Of Training The Glutes?

The glutes are the largest muscle group in the body, so training them is an efficient way to burn calories and promote muscle growth. Strong glutes also help protect your knees, hips and lower back. They’re also necessary for any explosive power movements, such as running or jumping.

woman performing a rear foot elevated split squat in a glute workout

5 Dumbbell Glute Exercises (10-Minute Workout)

The five best butt exercises at home. This isolation-style glute workout uses dumbbells to burn out the glutes.

Add lower body workouts like this one to your home training program 1-2 times a week to build muscle mass and increase endurance.

Workout Equipment:

Medium to Heavy Set of Dumbbells. I recommend between 5-30 lbs depending on your fitness level. We used 15-20 lb dumbbells in today’s workout. Option to drop weights at any time and do this workout with just your body weight.

Optional bench/step/box.

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woman performing a glute biased squat with dumbbells in a glute workout

Workout Instructions:

Follow along with the guided Dumbbell Glute Workout on YouTube, led by certified personal trainer, Lindsey Bomgren. 

Your Workout Looks Like This:

  • 5 Dumbbell Glute Exercises
  • Timed Intervals (40 seconds of work, 20 seconds of rest. Complete as many reps as you can in the timed interval)
  • Repeat x2 Sets (alternating sides as needed)

Note: this quick workout doesn’t include a warm-up or cool down. If this is your first movement of the day, warm up with this glute activation warm up and cool down with this lower body-focused stretching video.

Workout Outline

  1. Glute Biased Squats
  2. Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat
  3. Rear Foot Elevated Deadlift
  4. Single Leg Step Ups
  5. Single Leg Hip Thrust
woman performing a single leg step up in a glute workout

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5 Glute Exercises At Home

Glute Biased Squats

Targets: Glutes, quads and hamstrings.

two women performing glute biased squats with dumbbells in a glute workout

How To Do Glute Biased Squats

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Hold a set of dumbbells between your legs, hanging slightly in front of you.
  2. With a slight bend in your knees, hinge forward at the hips until your torso is parallel to the ground. Core is engaged and spine is neutral (back flat). You should feel a stretch in your hamstrings (back of the legs).
  3. Maintain this forward hinge as you lower down into a squat, pushing your hips down until your hips align with your knees (making a 90-degree angle with your hips and knees). Knees push out towards your outer three toes. If possible, tap the dumbbells to the ground.
  4. Drive through your heels to stand as you continue to maintain the forward hinge. To make this exercise harder, keep constant tension on the glutes by never standing straight up, keeping a slight bend in the knees.

Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat

Targets: Legs, glutes, quads, hamstrings, hips and core.

one woman performing a rear foot elevated split squat and one woman performing split squats in a leg workout

How To Do Rear Foot Elevated Split Squats (Bulgarian Split Squat)

  1. Kneel in front of your bench or chair, then place your left foot behind you on a chair or bench, shoelaces down. Hold a dumbbell in your left hand.
  2. Step your right foot forward (it will vary for everyone, but a little over a foot in front of your bench). Your front thigh will be parallel to the floor. This is the bottom of your movement.
  3. Drive through your front right heel, squeezing your right glute to return to standing. Feel your front glute engage to power the movement.
  4. With control, bend your knee to lower down back to the starting position (back left knee should lower down close to the ground), to make your front thigh parallel with the ground. Shoulders remain stacked over hips throughout the movement.

Modification: Perform a standard reverse lunge or split squat, keeping your back foot on the ground rather than elevating it on a chair.

Rear Foot Elevated Deadlift

Targets: Glutes, hamstrings and core.

two women performing a single leg dumbbell deadlift as part of the best glute exercises

How To Do A Rear Foot Elevated Deadlift (Single Leg Deadlift)

  1. Start standing in front of a bench or chair, holding a set of dumbbells in front of you. Place your left foot behind you on the bench, shoelaces down.
  2. Keeping hips square, press your glutes back towards the wall behind you, hinging at the hips and gliding the dumbbells down your front leg until you feel a stretch along the back of your right leg. Range of motion will be different for everyone.
  3. Exhale as you press through your front heel and stand tall, returning to starting position.

Modification: Perform a staggered deadlift, keeping both knees bent slightly, 80% of your weight in your front heel and 20% in your back toe.

Single Leg Step Ups

Targets: All three parts of the glutes — the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus.

one woman performing step ups and one woman performing a staggered squat and knee drive in a glute workout

How To Do Single Leg Step Ups

  1. Start standing, feet shoulder-width apart, core tight and engaged. Place one dumbbell, horizontally, on your upper back, neck and shoulders. Holding each head of the dumbbell with one hand.
  2. Step your right foot up onto a bench or chair, planting your right heel firmly on the surface.
  3. Using the muscle in your right glute (rather than momentum from your left leg), press through your right heel to stand tall, aiming for full hip extension at the top.
  4. With control, slowly lower your left foot down to touch the ground, returning to starting position.

Modification: Perform a staggered squat and knee drive rather than step ups.

Single Leg Hip Thrust

Targets: Glutes (both the gluteus maximus and gluteus medius), hamstrings, hip adductors, core and pelvic floor.

two women performing hip thrusts in a dumbbell glute workout

How To Do A Single Leg Dumbbell Hip Thrust

  1. Sit in front of a bench or chair, feet flat on the floor and hip distance apart. Lean back, resting your upper back on the bench. Option to hold one dumbbell at your hips, resting on your hip bones.
  2. Press your weight into your right heel and lift the left foot off the mat.
  3. Then press through the right heel to lift your hips until your right knee, hips and shoulders form a straight line. Squeeze your glutes and pull the belly button in towards the spine to protect the low back and prevent overextension.
  4. Hold at the top of the hip thrust for a moment before lowering your hips back to the starting position with control.

Modification: Perform staggered glute bridges from the floor.

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