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Jeremy Ethier Reveals 3 Top Exercises for Perfect Glutes

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Do you want to achieve the perfect glutes? According to one expert, you can do this with the help of just three types of exercises. Jeremy Ethier is a kinesiologist fitness influencer with over 6.1 million YouTube followers and one million Instagram followers who uses his science-backed training to help people lose weight and get into great shape. In a recent clip, he drops knowledge about what he learned using a $12,000 EMG machine "to find out what exercises best target each area of the glutes."

In the caption, he elaborated. "I used an EMG machine to find out what glute exercises best target the lower glutes, upper glutes, and glute medius. Here are the results and here is a sample glute workout you can get started with right away," he writes. We also asked our Resident RDN, The Diet Diva, Tara Collingwood, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD/N, ACSM-CPT, a Board Certified Sports Dietitian, co-author of the Flat Belly Cookbook for Dummies, to weigh in on the glute-busting exercises. 

Lower Glute Exercises

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"Let's start with the lower glutes. Two types of exercises activated this region the best," says Ethier. "The first were lower body presses. These include barbell squats, split squats, and step-ups." In the video, he demonstrates the exercises. 

Deadlift Variations

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The second were different deadlift variations "like conventional and Romanian deadlifts for the upper glutes, cable kickbacks, and hip thrust," says Ethier. "Both did a great job at activating this region."

Upper Side Glute Exercises

Woman exercising lateral leg lifts with resistance band

For the upper side glute, he recommends glute medius exercises "where the legs move laterally to the side," he says. "These included lateral band walks, seated machine abductions, and curtsy lunges." He recommends doing one to two exercises per category. 

What Is an EMG Machine?

Electromyography equipment

What is an EMG machine anyway? According to Collingwood, the machine measures electrical activity to measure muscle response. Should you try it out? "No, the average person does not need this machine to test their muscles," she says. 

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Should You Try This Workout


If you want to grow your glutes, you should definitely try Ethier's exercises. "This workout is great," Collingwood says. "All of these exercises are excellent."

💪🔥Body Booster: If you want to build up your glutes, make sure to choose exercises specific to the lower and upper glutes as well as the glute medius. 

Leah Groth
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