By Coach Arielle Crumble

One of the things I love most about bodybuilding, is that you can work to sculpt your body the way you want and improve your body composition. Nowadays, more women (including myself!) are wanting to see growth and fullness in their backside. In order to get to that “Big Booty Judy” look, there’s three important steps:
1) Eat in a calorie surplus
2) Get adequate protein
3) Do some weight training

Let me expand…

So many women are afraid to eat in a surplus, but if you’re looking for significant growth, you’ll need to eat! If you are a chronic dieter, afraid to eat carbs, impatient/inconsistent, or afraid that lifting heavy will make you look like a man, then you will struggle getting the desired results.

To shape and grow your glutes(the 3 muscles that form your 🍑), you’re going to have to build muscle. Building muscle is a slow and tedious process. Many women often have the goal of “toning”, or losing fat and gaining muscle, but it’s best to choose one goal at a time. You are only likely to build muscle and lose fat simultaneously when you’re new to lifting. Even then, after about 6 months, your ability to get those “newbie gains” will diminish. I recommend getting to a healthy weight with lower body fat, then work on gaining. When you’re ready to start building, that means eating in a calorie surplus. While in a calorie surplus, you want to be sure you’re getting in enough protein to promote muscle growth.

Typically, a good place to start your calories will be around 16 x body weight in pounds. This is just an estimate, but should be close for most; monitor progress for a few weeks and adjust as necessary; adjust calories up if you are losing weight and adjust down if you are gaining weight too fast. Approximately a 2 pound gain per month is what you should expect. Protein at around 1g per pound of LEAN body mass is sufficient. Once you have your nutrition worked out, you want to be sure you have a proper training program.

You want to train glutes a minimum of twice a week. For optimal glute growth, weight training three to four times per week is best. I don’t recommend training the same body part more than 4 times per week because your muscles need time to recover. Don’t be afraid to lift heavy by challenging yourself. Be sure to follow a routine that includes progressive overload–Increasing volume and weight being lifted over time keeps your progress going. Doing endless amounts of donkey kicks isn’t going to do much for you, so pick up those weights!

Here are my top five *personal favorite* glute growing exercises to do:

1. Barbell Hip Thrust
2. Cable Pull Throughs
3. Sumo Squat
4. Romanian Deadlift
5. Lunges

Be consistent, be patient, and you will see results. It will take time but it will happen!

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