17 Dumbbell Exercises That Work Your Butt

  • Start on your hands and knees. Place a dumbbell behind your left knee and squeeze your leg around it to hold it in place. This is the starting position.
  • With your core engaged and back flat, lift your left leg up toward the ceiling, pointing your toe and squeezing your butt. Stop when your knee is at hip height, or lower if you feel your back start arching sooner. You want to feel the work in your butt, not your low back, even if that means not lifting as high.
  • Slowly bring your leg back to the starting position. This is 1 rep.
  • Do all your reps on the left side, and then switch legs and repeat.

Targets the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, gluteus minimus, hamstrings, and core.

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