Hi Guys! I literally just got back from a gym session with my new personal trainer Tori and have had such a great gym session that I just had to jump online straight away to blog about it. So I thought I’d write a post on how to get you best butt at the gym, for all you gym-junkies out there.
This article will cover what gym exercises you should be doing if you want-ta-get-da-bubble-butt. What to wear? No problem, we’ve got you covered. Gym etiquette and how to use those weird looking machines? You’ll learn that too. Read on to learn how to make the gym start working for your butt.
I’m New to Gyms – Help!
No problemo – we were all there once. I too, used to be a gym-newbie. I’ve been frequenting my local gym now for about 3 years straight and besides one or two mid-length breaks, it’s more or less been a constant for me.
Most gyms are paid for on a recurring basis – that is you sign up a membership and pay on a weekly or monthly basis.
Shop around, as a lot of gyms these days may offer a free trial period, or waive signup fees as a promotional offer.
Some things you will want to consider when choosing a gym are:
- Gym facilities (equipment, showers, opening hours)
- How busy the gym is around your preferred workout times
- Weekly/Monthly Rate
- Contract/membership term (the overall timeframe you are signing up for)
- How often you expect to go to the gym
- Work out the average cost per visit (based on your estimated usage)
- If classes are included in the fee
- Other features – 24hour access, access to other branches, bring a friend, personal trainer availability, etc.
Do I Need to Go to the Gym to Get a Bigger Butt?
Not necessarily. There are plenty of home-workout options available that target the butt, so if you’re really not a fan of the gym or otherwise just can’t stand working out in a public forum, gymming may not be for you.
What to Wear?
Wear something comfortable, that’s not going to subject you to the horror of a wardrobe malfunction while you are mid-way using the squat rack (true story! It happened to a friend of a friend of mine.. he was mortified; I laughed).
Ladies, don’t worry about tarting up too much. You’re here to work out, no makeup necessary. Loose or stretchy clothing that will allow you some range of motion will be fine. Oh, and it has to be something you’re not afraid to sweat into.
What Exercises Do I Do?
If you’re new to gym and you want a better looking butt, I highly highly recommend checking out the book Strong Curves by Bret Contreras. This book is the ultimate guide to better booty, and it will get you there by gym-based workouts (though there’s also a regime for home workouts if you’re not yet into the gym-culture).
There are a heap of butt-building exercises you can do at the gym, but the main advantage of a gym membership is that you have access to weights. Free-weights or weight-machines, the choice is yours, but especially for those of you who want to build a bigger butt, weights will be your friend.
Here are a few of my favorite butt-building exercises that use gym equipment:
1. Barbell Hip Thrust
2. American Deadlift
3. Rear Lunges on Smith Machine
4. Weighted Barbell Squat
How Do I Use These Weird-Looking Machines?
Most machines at the gym often have a poster nearby or signage on them that shows you what kind of moves you can do with the piece of equipment. If not, a good place to start might be by getting a session or two with a personal trainer, who can listen to your fitness goals and write you up a program that will help you achieve your desired look and fitness level. And of course, show you how to use the machines and equipment properly.
If you can’t afford a personal training session, then get yourself a good online program to follow, or make friends with some other ‘gym junkies’ who you can bounce ideas off and who are usually more than willing to share their expertise. The fitness community is a pretty friendly one, so don’t be shy.
Being a newbie, you’ll need to learn the ropes when it comes to gym etiquette. There are some things which are a no-go, especially when the gym gets busy. Hogging machines and not keeping your personal hygiene in check may make you pretty unpopular.
Generally you’ll need to make sure you wipe down any machines after you finish using them. Always bring your own towel and use it on the machines, it’s common courtesy. Put weights away after you finish using them.
Don’t hog the machines or weight racks, especially during gym ‘peak’ hours. Try to structure your program so that you are not unnecessarily taking up time on the machines. This is where it can come in handy to have a gym buddy who will do the same program as you, so you can take it in turns using the same machine (you rest while they do their set, then swap).
Like I said at the start, I’m a huge fan of the gym and all it has to offer! I’m also a big fan of home workouts. I feel that each has its own place, and do like to mix it up where I can.
For any of you who haven’t yet tried the gym for whatever reason though, I highly recommend it. It’s a great experience and can really make a difference in your fitness, even just your mental approach towards your own fitness. Being around like-minded people must rub off, hehe.
Well I hope this quick guide has given you some food for thought, of course if there’s any other questions you might have then please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below!