What on earth is a glute strap?!
I know. I thought the exact same thing when I first saw the name. You’ll be happy to know (I hope) that no, it’s not some kind of weird kinky g-string that wedges all up in there. It’s actually a piece of exercise equipment, and quite a useful one at that.
I stumbled upon this product during my usual booty-building research, and decided to write a semi review on this bit of kit. If you read on, you’ll learn what exactly the Glute Strap is, how it works, and why I think you need to have one of these if you’re doing kick backs at the gym!
Glute Strap Review
Name: Glute Strap
Price: Click to view on Amazon
Manufacturer: XTREME Fitness Products
Jolie’s Rating: 4 out of 5
The Glute Strap : An Overview
The Glute Strap from XTREME Fitness Products is a specialized piece of exercise equipment designed to activate and workout the gluteal muscles, and is used instead of a traditional ankle cuff. Use it with a cable machine at the gym (or even resistance bands at home).
Superior to the Ankle Cuff for Glute Exercises
The main selling point of the Glute Strap is that it transfers the resistance from whatever you attach the strap to, straight into your heel. If you’ve done any butt exercises before, you’ll most likely have heard the advice “push through your heels” – well, the Glute Strap allows you to do exactly that.
Compare this to a traditional ankle cuff strap which fastens around the ankle. The point of attachment not around your foot, it’s higher up on your lower leg. This is much less ideal for glute exercises such as cable kick backs, and because of the poor transfer of weight, many people struggle to feel these exercises in their butt.
How It Works
The video below introduces the glute strap and shows how it works for donkey kicks using a cable machine.
The main band of the Glute Strap loops low around your foot instead of around your ankle, like a regular ankle cuff would.
The straps sit underneath the sole of your shoe, effectively anchoring any weight you are pulling into foot and back of the heel.
The two metal loops are then attached by carabiner clips to a cable resistance machine, or a set of resistance bands like these.
As for exercises to be used with the Glute Strap, the makers of this great little device also have a free youtube channel showing how to do a heap of different butt-building exercises and others that all use the Glute Strap.
Not all of these exercises are butt exercises, but the demonstrations are good for giving you some idea of how to use this strap in your workouts.
The Good & The Bad
- Innovative yet simple – solves a major flaw of the ankle cuff when doing glute exercises.
- Small and lightweight, can easily fit in your gym bag to take to the gym.
- Works the glutes, especially for those who struggle with glute activation… need I say more?
- Money back guarantee.
- Expensive. However, you will get good use out of it if you incorporate the exercises shown regularly.
- Need equipment to use it – either a gym cable resistance machine, or resistance bands with clips.
- Can’t be adapted for connection of the resistance on the side of the foot.
Who Will Enjoy the Glute Strap?
If you love cable kick backs and donkey kicks as much as I do, you will love this strap. I’ve not come across a better way to get the most glute activation from these exercises.
If you’re a gym-goer, this is a fantastic item to bring along when you hit the gym, plus it is so small that it is easily carried.
Not only are the ankle cuffs at the gym questionably unhygienic (who knows who has been sweating profusely into them…), but they simply won’t help you hit your glutes with rear leg extensions as well as something like the Glute Strap will.
One thing I always check for when reviewing products is the number and quality of other users’ reviews.
The Glute Strap has got some great reviews on Amazon, and it seems that plenty of people are happy using it.
Who Isn’t it For?
If you’re not even familiar with any of the exercises that the Glute Strap is used for, and don’t see yourself trying these anytime soon, then obviously the Glute Strap is not really for you.
It is somewhat expensive for what it is, so unless you are a regular kickbacker or donkey kick king or queen, then the higher price might not be worth paying.
I think people who actively go to the gym will get the most value out of this product, even though I have to laugh a bit at the marketing that is used to promote the strap:
After checking out the Glute Strap, I would probably be keen to get one if I had access to a gym! I’m not active at a gym at the moment, so it’s not worth the higher price for me just yet, though I am interested in looking at how to rig up a resistance-band setup for this at home.
I really love the design of this product – so simple yet majorly effective – why doesn’t every gym have one of these attachments for their cable resistance machines? It certainly would make booty-building a lot easier.
Despite the higher price, the Glute Strap really does work to increase the effectiveness of traditional butt exercises like cable kickbacks and donkey kicks in activating the glutes, and I have to say that that’s what I’m definitely all about.