How Cardio Exercises Can Help Boost Your Glutes Workout
woman hiking cardio exercises
February 25, 2021

As part of Glutes Month, I want to share a secret with you. It’s this – you don’t need to focus on isolation exercises and strength training exclusively to improve your glute muscles. There are other ways you can do this as well!

A great win-win combination is to blend strength training with cardio exercise. This gives you the benefits of both workout types. You can help your glutes (and other muscle groups as well) while getting in a great heart-healthy workout!

7 Cardio Exercises That Also Help Strengthen Your Glutes

Here are some examples of cardio exercise that will help strengthen your glutes while you’re working out:

  • Hiking
  • Uphill walking and running
  • Stair climbing
  • Sprints
  • Cycling (if you’re standing up and leaning forward with some resistance)
  • An elliptical machine on an incline and/or with resistance
  • Kickboxing (my personal favorite, and which does a great job targeting your side glute muscles)

As you can see, some of these exercises require little to no equipment. The important thing is to find an activity that works those glute muscles while helping you get your heart rate up. So give it a try!

Don’t Forget Lateral Movement Exercises

While all of these exercises are great options, it’s important to note that almost all of them do not require lateral movements. Because of that, be sure you include exercises that do that as well in your strength training program.

If you’re looking for ideas, check out some of the videos I’ve posted on Facebook recently, including side-lying leg lifts, tap-outs, and clamshells. By incorporating these moves into your routine, you’ll get a well-rounded glute workout. And, of course, please reach out if you have any questions!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Always check with your health care professional to be sure this exercise is appropriate for you. Stop immediately if you feel pain and contact your doctor.

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