July 23, 2024

Women’s 3-Day Glute Building Workout

Workout Description

Getting in a solid training session can be hard. Making time to go to the gym five or six days a week can be very difficult for many people. There are jobs, family, and other commitments that have to be considered. 

Even if you can get in three workouts a week, there are some areas that you want to focus on more than others. For most women, the glutes are one of those muscle groups. Fortunately, this 3-day program allows the ladies reading this to train the entire body effectively. It also offers ample opportunity to maximize the potential of those glutes. 

Prioritization of the Glutes

What makes these workouts so effective for this area is that you will be focusing on them at the beginning of each session. Training them first in these workouts allows you to focus on them when your motivation is highest and you have the most energy to commit. The exercises that are included will help you make the glutes look better and be stronger. Hard to beat that combination, right?

Keys to This Program

The workouts below will offer rest periods. The glute-focused movements will have an option to rest a little longer if needed. If you stick to these rest periods, you should be able to complete all three workouts in one hour each.

There are no machine movements included in this program making it extremely versatile. No matter where you work out, whether that’s at home or at the gym, you’ll be able to complete this program with little to no modifications depending on your equipment. 

Take at least 24 hours in between each workout to recover properly. Training with full-body workouts isn’t the same as a traditional “bro-split.” Since the entire body is being challenged, more recovery time would be beneficial.

Accessory Workouts

The two accessory workouts included are short by design. They should be performed on a day that you do cardio only or an off day if you feel you need them. If you decide the full-body workouts are enough, then don’t worry about completing the accessory work. Focus on recovery instead.

One workout is a high rep challenge while the other is a superset. If you like one more than the other, do it twice. If you want to alternate each session, you can do that too. Make the workouts yours so you can maximize your potential. Just make sure you take two complete days off of training per week.

Below are example schedules based on training level. 

Example Week – Beginner

  • Monday: Workout 1
  • Tuesday: Off 
  • Wednesday: Workout 2
  • Thursday: Off
  • Friday: Workout 3
  • Saturday: Off
  • Sunday: Off

Example Week – Intermediate/Advanced

  • Monday: Workout 1
  • Tuesday: Off or Accessory Workout 1
  • Wednesday: Workout 2
  • Thursday: Off or Accessory Workout 2
  • Friday: Workout 3
  • Saturday: Off
  • Sunday: Off

Full-Body Workout 1

The first two movements for this session are the barbell hip thrust and the hyperextension. These are two very effective movements if they are done properly.

Barbell Hip Thrust – Make sure the barbell is in a position that you’re comfortable with. If you need a towel or mat around the bar, don’t be afraid to use it. The more comfortable you can be, the more beneficial the exercise is. When you lift the barbell up, make sure the glutes contract hard. Hold that position before slowly lowering the weight back down.

Hyperextension – This is considered by many to be a lower back exercise. If you stop when your upper body is at a 45-degree angle, then it will isolate the lower back. Raise your upper body up, and then contract the glutes so the upper body comes up even more. Your torso should be close to vertical before you lower yourself back down. If you don’t have a hyperextension bench, a preacher bench or adjustable bench would work as well.

The rest of the workout includes one core movement as well as movements for the rest of the body.

ExerciseSetsRepsRest
Barbell Hip Thrust38-1260-90 sec
Hyperextension38-1260-90 sec
Dumbbell Squat31260 sec
Lying Leg Raise31260 sec
Pull Up31260 sec
Bent-Over Barbell Row31260 sec
Lateral Raise31260 sec
Overhead Triceps Extension31260 sec
Push Up31260 sec

Full-Body Workout 2

This one will begin with two different glute exercises. The first one is going to help you get stronger while the other will maximize the mind-muscle connection.

Good Morning – This will benefit the glutes as well as the hamstrings and lower back. Don’t go super-heavy on it. There has never been a good morning competition, so more isn’t necessarily better. If you can’t handle the weight for the minimum reps, lighten the load. Wear a belt if you feel it will help protect your lower back.

Glute Kickback – This is the bodyweight version of the exercise. If you have ankle weights, add them to increase resistance. If not, hold the contraction at the top for one second during the first set, two during the second set, and three for the last. 

The next two movements in this program will also train the glutes in a secondary role. The rest of the workout is below.

ExerciseSetsRepsRest
Good Morning38-1260-90 sec
Glute Kick Back38-1260-90 sec
Stiff Leg Deadlift38-1260-90 sec
Goblet Squat31260 sec
Crunches31260 sec
Incline Dumbbell Press31260 sec
Dumbbell Flys31260 sec
Dumbbell Tricep Kickbacks31260 sec
Pullover31260 sec
Seated Dumbbell Curl31260 sec

Full-Body Workout 3

The final full-body workout of the week will begin with a contraction challenge followed by an athletic version of a classic exercise. 

Bodyweight Glute Bridge – Much like planks for abs, holding a bridge will help improve stability in the glutes. If you need to start with your bodyweight alone, that is fine. If you can add a dumbbell or barbell to make the challenge more interesting, go for it.

Curtsy Lunge – If you haven’t done these before, they may appear silly. Don’t knock them until you try them. They are challenging and will be even more so after the glutes had been pre-exhausted by the bridges. Don’t attempt to set the back foot further than you’re capable. Do the best you can, and challenge yourself as you progress. Think about contracting the glutes when you bring the leg up. Concentrate hard so the hip flexors don’t dominate the set.

The next two exercises are lower-body focused. With the glutes being challenged in the first two movements, the quads and hamstrings will likely be able to work harder on their own.

ExerciseSetsRepsRest
Bodyweight Glute Bridge315-30 sec60-90 sec
Curtsy Lunge31260-90 sec
Jump Squat31260 sec
Walking Lunge312, each leg60 sec
Side Crunch31260 sec
Seated Dumbbell Press31260 sec
Rear Lateral Raise31260 sec
Lying Tricep Extension31260 sec
Flat Dumbbell Fly31260 sec
T-Bar Row (or Two-Arm DB Row)31260 sec

Accessory Workout 1

ExerciseSetsRepsRest
Bodyweight Glute Bridge52030 sec
Bodyweight Hip Thrust5-10100 total repsAs needed*

*Perform as many reps as you can. Upon failure, rest briefly before continuing where you left off. Continue until you perform 100 total reps.

Accessory Workout 2

ExerciseSetsRepsRest
Curtsy Lunge315none
Banded Good Morning*31530 sec

*If you don’t have access to a band, you can use your bodyweight, a dumbbell, or a barbell.

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