Personal trainers and group fitness classes aren't always convenient or affordable. But that shouldn't stop you from achieving your glute-growing goals.
Exercise DVDs offer price-friendly workout programs you can do right from the comfort of your own home. And with the help of a personal trainer, we've gathered the best butt workout DVDs to choose from.
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How We Chose
We chatted with Holly Perkins, CSCS, author of Lift To Get Lean and creator of The GLUTES Project ACTIVATE, who narrowed down the most important things to look for in the best glute workout videos and DVDs. Our top picks are based on her criteria, including:
- Credentialed experts
- Realistic timelines
- Positive feedback
Our Picks for the Best Butt Exercise DVDs
1. Unlock Your Glutes
This program focuses on building glute strength as well as hip and shoulder mobility, so you can move more smoothly in your day-to-day activities. But this video's biggest green flag: It's created by Brian Klepacki, CSCS, a certified strength coach.
"When you're choosing a DVD, it's really important to do a little bit of research on the creator of the DVD to make sure that they're certified and make sure that they have some credentialed, legitimate education," Perkins says.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $35
2. Brazil Butt Lift Leandro’s Secret Weapon
This 20-minute Brazilian butt lift DVD proves you don't need to commit a ton of time to build strength. Created by Beachbody personal trainer Leandro Carvalho, this quick session uses just a towel to strengthen your entire lower body.
Whereas other workout DVDs may incorporate glute exercises in a total-body format, this video isolates your butt muscles, specifically. In other words, you can expect to feel some booty burn.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $22.90
3. TONE N TWERK Booty Toning and Twerk Workouts
The more you enjoy a workout, the more likely you are to stick to it, right? And this dance-based butt exercise video can definitely bring some fun to your weekly workout routine.
TONE N TWERK's video combines twerk dancing with traditional strength training to build your lower body, core and back. Plus, this program also incorporates optional weights for those who want some extra challenge.
This video also has more than 200 five-star reviews on Amazon, which is a big bonus, according to Perkins. "I think it's a really good idea to get some feedback from other people who have actually tried the DVD."
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $34.99
4. Cathe Friedrich's Kick, Punch and Crunch and Legs and Glutes Workouts
This workout video is more than an hour long and combines traditional exercise with kickboxing-style moves for some fun variety. Although equipment is optional, this program does allow you to incorporate resistance equipment (like dumbbells and ankle weights), which is ideal, according to Perkins.
In order to build muscle, you need some sort of resistance, she says. So, if a bigger butt is the goal, look for videos that involve weights in some shape or form.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $19
5. Cathe Friedrich's ICE to The Mat Legs and Glutes Lower-Body Workout
Unlike most other workout programs, this DVD is floor-based so you get all the lower-body strength-building benefits without any added pressure or discomfort on your back. All of the exercises in this routine are low-impact, too, for those who have joint issues or concerns.
Buy it: Amazon.com; Price: $21.90
4 Factors to Consider Before You Buy a Butt Workout DVD
1. Is It Created By a Certified Expert?
You wouldn't hire a personal trainer with no credentials, right? Similarly, you want to find a DVD program that's created by an expert you can trust, Perkins says.
"These days, there are a lot of personalities and voices in the fitness industry that aren't really credentialed," she says.
Before you buy a program or DVD, do a little research on the creator to verify that they're a certified personal trainer with a legitimate organization, like the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Generally, a little Google searching can get you the answer you're looking for.
2. Does It Align With Your Personal Fitness Goals?
Your current glute goals dictate the best workout program for your body, according to Perkins. For instance, those who want to build their glute muscles need a video that incorporates some sort of resistance element, whether that's dumbbells, ankle weights or resistance bands.
On the other hand, those who want to just generally activate or tone their glute muscles can get away with videos that use body weight.
3. Is There Any Overly-Promising Marketing?
Don't fall for exaggerated marketing, Perkins advises. Generally, if a video promises something that sounds too good to be true (like re-building your body in a matter of days), it probably doesn't have the most sound programming.
Instead, look for DVDs that describe the type of exercises or programs you can expect. Programs created by certified experts with some sort of progressive challenge (adding weights over time, for example) are the most reliable.
4. Are There Any Reviews?
When in doubt, read the reviews! Take a peek through the Amazon reviews or look through Google to get an idea of how others have responded to the program.
"I think it's a really good idea to get some feedback from other people who have actually tried the DVD," Perkins says.