10 Glute-Strengthening Exercises to Elevate Your Power and Sidestep Injury

Squats: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and lower your body by bending your knees and pushing your hips back as if you're sitting into a chair.

Lunges: Step forward with one foot and lower your body until both knees are bent at a 90-degree angle. Push back to the starting position and repeat on the other side.

Hip Thrusts: Sit on the ground with your upper back against a bench, knees bent, and feet flat on the floor.

Deadlifts: Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding a barbell or dumbbells in front of your thighs. Hinge at the hips, keeping your back straight, and lower the weight towards the ground.

Glute Bridges: Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Lift your hips towards the ceiling, squeezing your glutes at the top, then lower back down.

Step-ups: Stand in front of a step or bench. Step up with one foot, driving through the heel to straighten the leg, then lower back down.

Donkey Kicks: Start on your hands and knees. Lift one leg behind you, keeping the knee bent, until the thigh is parallel to the ground.

Fire Hydrants: Begin on your hands and knees. Lift one leg out to the side, keeping the knee bent, then lower back down.

Clamshells: Lie on your side with knees bent and hips stacked. Keeping your feet together, open your top knee as far as you can, then close it back down.

Resistance Band Walks: Place a resistance band around your ankles or just above the knees. Take small steps to the side, keeping tension on the band throughout the movement.