Most of us focus on the body parts we can see in the mirror when determining how happy we are with our physiques. Beginners fixate on building their chests, biceps and quads but sometimes forget their backs, hamstrings and glutes when they train. That’s because we usually only see ourselves face on but other people see us coming AND going. A nice rear view is important too.
The muscles affectionately known by bodybuilders as glutes are actually composed of three different muscles, the gluteus medius, the gluteus minimus and the gluteus maximus. These muscles help form your buttocks and give it its rounded appearance. Genetics plays a part in how rounded your glutes are to begin with, but a little concentrated effort can make even a relatively flat natural rise pop a little bit more.
Walking lunges and squats are excellent exercises for glutes and I’ve found that jumping squats are especially good for firming backsides too. Make sure to incorporate them into your program. Do them and you’ll look fantastic when you walk into your next summer party butt (get it? get it?) you’ll look great on your way out too.