The glutes are among those muscles that people focus on the most in their workout routine, especially women are often aiming to tone their butt. Super-toned glute muscles are not only considered particularly attractive, but the gluteus maximus is also the most voluminous muscle of our entire body.
In fact, the glutes also play a central role in stabilizing our hips and pelvis and they can also help you to prevent injury and lower back pain. Therefore, it is very important to work out the glutes regularly, as it has both aesthetic and functional benefits.
In today’s article we will therefore take a look at the best exercise machines for the glutes! Have fun! 😉
How Can You Get Toned Glutes?
To get a toned butt, we basically have to do two things. Firstly, we should try to reduce our body fat percentage and secondly, we have to strengthen the butt muscles with specific strength exercises.
If we focus solely on strength workouts, it is possible that the butt may appear strong and big but does not have the typical toned appearance that most people are aiming for. The best way to exercise the glutes is therefore to use workout machines that help to burn fat and build muscle at the same time.
Our glutes basically consist of three muscles: Gluteus Maximus, Medius and Minimus. Almost everyone has heard of the gluteus maximus and it is also the muscle that takes up the largest part of our butt muscles.
However, in many exercises that are supposed to train the glutes, the leg muscles do most of the work. So, let’s now take a look at the exercises and workout equipment with which we can specifically target the glutes.
Climbing Stairs: The Best Glutes Exercise
Climbing stairs is the best butt workout! With the right exercise equipment, you can even do it in the comfort of your own home. Now you might think:
“Well, climbing stairs is not my favorite thing to do… Actually, I always take the elevator if possible… Why should I work out with an exercise machine that makes me do exactly that?”
Very simple: Because it’s worth it! Climbing stairs is really one of the most effective ways to tone your glutes. Climbing stair brings along a number of advantages, such as:
- High fat loss
- Targeted exercise of the glute muscles
- Easy on the joints
The StairMaster is the perfect exercise machine to build super-toned glutes and you should definitely give it a chance! By the way, in my opinion, climbing stairs on this machine is much more fun than doing it on normal stairs.
The only small drawback is the price. A good exercise machine for climbing stairs is usually in the four-figure range and is therefore probably not suitable for everyone. However, if you can afford this one-time investment, you’ll really get the perfect opportunity to tone your glutes at home! 😉
The Rowing Machine Also Tones the Glutes
The rowing machine is becoming increasingly popular, yet still does not enjoy the popularity it deserves. Actually, the rowing machine is probably the most underrated exercise machine because it helps you to work on nearly all of your muscles at the same time.
During a rowing workout, you work nearly 80% of your muscles. The entire lower body is targeted and especially the glutes are worked out. By the way, this high percentage of targeted muscles also ensures that our body has to expend a lot of energy to supply them all with nutrients.
And how is our body able to provide such large amounts of energy? Right, it draws on our stored fat reserves. And so we have killed two birds with one stone. The rowing machine makes it possible to burn fat and build muscle at the same time. And this, as we know, is perfect for getting super-toned glutes! 😉
The most popular rowing machine right now is the Waterrower, which you might already know from the TV series “House of Cards”. The Waterrower does not only have an awesome design, but it’s also a high-quality exercise machine that’s perfect for glute activation! Again, you should gain your own impression on this machine. Here you can find it.
If you’d like to try out the indoor rowing experience but don’t want to spend lots of money, then you might also consider the XTERRA ERG200 Rowing Machine. This is much more affordable and still helps you to get super-toned glutes. Here you can take a look at it.
Cardio Machines for the Glutes
I know that stair climbing and rowing are not the typical cardio exercises that you might have hoped for in this article. Nevertheless, in my opinion, both options are simply the best ways to tone your glutes.
But don’t worry: Treadmills and other more common exercise machines can also be very helpful to work out your butt muscles. With the treadmill, I would recommend that you set an incline.
How To Target Your Glutes on the Treadmill
With an incline of 10%, you can imitate an intensive uphill run which helps you target your glutes much better and more effectively than if you’re running on an even underground.
Make sure you choose a treadmill with a powerful motor and a large running surface. I can especially recommend this treadmill by Horizon Fitness.
The stationary bike is another great exercise machine for the glutes. Cycling in general targets the butt muscles pretty well, and on a stationary bike, you can control your workout even better.
Just like for the treadmill, you can target your glute muscles especially well with uphill rides, i.e. by working out in a standing position while bringing your body’s center of gravity forward.
If you’d like to exercise your glutes with a stationary bike, you should take a closer look at this model.
Does the Elliptical Work the Glutes?
The elliptical is without a doubt one of most popular cardio machines. But is it also good for the glutes? That’s something that many people are wondering.
The answer is a resounding yes! Working out on an elliptical is similar to the movement of walking and is therefore also suitable for strengthening the leg and butt muscles.
Since there is no impact force, exercising with an elliptical is also very easy on the joints. In order to avoid overloading the knee and hip joints, you should pay attention to the correct adjustment of the pedals.
The stride length of the elliptical should be at least 18’’ and 20’’ for people taller than 6 feet. The distance between the left and right pedal should not exceed 8’’.
Can I Exercise My Glutes Without Exercise Equipment?
With all the fitness equipment presented so far, you can target your glutes wonderfully. But if these options are too expensive for you or if you just can’t provide enough space, don’t worry. You can also target your glute muscles without any exercise equipment.
Basically, all you need is a yoga mat and you are ready to go. The exercises in the following video are a good start:
Final Thoughts on the Best Exercise Equipment for the Glutes
Getting super-toned glutes is the number one fitness goal of millions of people. Since the large glute muscle is also the most voluminous muscle in our body, working out our glutes is not only useful in terms of aesthetic reasons, but provides numerous health benefits as well. In order to tone the butt, the body fat percentage must be reduced and the glute muscles must be strengthened.
Especially the stair climbing exercise machine and the rowing machine stand out as the ideal options to do exactly these two things at the same time. With the right approach, however, the treadmill, stationary bike and elliptical can also be used to target the glutes. Last but not least, exercises with your own body weight on a yoga mat can also help.
I hope that I could help you with this article. If you still have further questions or would like to share your own experiences, feel free to write me an e-mail.
Otherwise I wish you a lot of fun with your new exercise machine for the glutes! 😉