Today, for something different, I thought I’d bring the ’80s back to life (at least in my living room) and give the original ‘Buns of Steel’ workout video by Greg Smithey a spin.
If you haven’t heard of it before, ‘Buns of Steel’ is a (awesomely named, I should add) workout video for the glutes, directed and produced by a guy named Greg Smithey in the 1980s.
This workout is extreme, and let me tell you, it definitely lives up to its name… I have honestly never felt my butt burning as much as I did during this workout!
Not sure what to expect other than ’80s perms, high-cut fluorescent workout clothing, and awesome ’80s pumping tunes? Neither was I, but if you’re interested then you can read on for my review of this butt workout, and find out exactly what you’re up for if you want to get your very own buns of steel.
‘Buns of Steel’ Workout Review
Where to Buy: Amazon.com for $22.70
Time: 50 minutes
Areas Worked: Butt (!!), Inner Thighs, Abs, Legs… oh, and did I mention Butt?? Because it is going to be on fire by the end of this!
Style: Aerobics-style floor bodyweight exercises, this workout is described as “intense target toning with less aerobics”. It’s intense, but it’s low intensity, so nearly anyone can do it.
Buns of Steel is a workout video that was originally released on video tape (VHS) and was super popular, selling over 1 million copies.Today it’s available on DVD, but it’s still the original workout production from the ’80s, which I think is a fantastically entertaining. Here’s just a peek of what you can expect:
The workout starts off with about 10 minutes of aerobics-style warmup, but if you’re wanting to build a better butt, then you’ll be more interested in what follows after that.
I’ve seriously never come across a butt workout like this one before. I’ve had this DVD sitting around for a while now, but never really bothered to have a go at it. I’m telling you now though, that I will definitely be doing this one again.
The moves are unique. With a name like “Buns of Steel” I was expecting the usual glute exercises – squats, lunges, glute bridges, deadlifts, or the like – but none of these even popped up!
Most of the moves are carried out on the floor and are a series of bodyweight leg raises and kicks, that will work your glutes, hips and upper thighs from multiple angles. Apparently some of these are the same lower body exercises that Greg Smithey used to use to train for his pole vaulting. The best part about this is that they are all low impact, done from the floor (in most cases, a lying down position), so there’s no stress or pressure placed on joints.
I really like the sequencing in this workout. A rough summary of how the workout breaks down is as follows:
- Butt work
- Inner thigh work
- More butt work
- Ab work
- Stretch and relax
Okay, so not to state the obvious, but the main reason I got this DVD was to get some serious glute workout action, and the way this workout is sequenced does not disappoint. The butt work in the first part of the workout is extreme. And I mean holy dooley, I have never felt anything like this from just bodyweight exercises before!
There is a little break while you do some moves that target the inner thigh, but when you come back for the second round of glute exercises, it is no joke! The previous glute work acts as a pre-fatigue to make the second round even more effective.
The Good and the Bad
- Hands down the most unique glute-targeting moves I have seen.
- Super effective – if ‘butt burn’ is anything to go by, this workout definitely will get you buns of steel.
- No equipment needed – the perfect at-home butt workout: quiet and low-impact.
- Awesome ’80s music track makes for an entertaining blast from the past, and it’s timed perfectly to fit with the moves!
- I found Greg Smithey to be hilarious, but some find him annoying.
- A little fast paced in some areas to allow for good form.
- ’80s video production which could be viewed as a negative if that kind of thing bothers you. I liked it. 😉
Crazy effective. I’m really interested to see how my butt feels tomorrow.
This was seriously one of the best butt workouts I’ve done for a little while! I must admit that I really had low expectations, especially during the warmup section, but the DVD lived up to its name. This one has my full recommendation – if you’re at all interested in a better butt, you simply must grab yourself a copy of this one!