Sumo Squat: Best Exercise to Tone and Shape the Glutes

I’m starting a new series of posts on this blog highlighting some of the best exercises for sculpting your body. An added benefit is that you will be able to do each exercise in your own home with minimal equipment. Today we are covering what I’ve found to be the best exercise to tone and shape the glutes.

The Best Exercise to Tone and Shape the Glutes: The Sumo Squat

Sumo Squat – Front View
You also get the pleasure of seeing my home workout room / toy room! ­čÖé┬á
Sumo Squat – Side View


  • 1) Grab a heavy dumbbell (or 2 lighter dumbbells you can hold at the same time) and hold one end (dumbbell will be perpendicular to the ground). Stand with feet about twice shoulder-width apart and toes pointed out at an angle.
  • 2) ┬áBegin exercise by bending at your hips and knees until your thighs are at least parallel to the floor. Lower back should have a natural arch with chest out. Pause, then exhale as you push back up to the starting position. Legs straight at the end of the squat.
  • 3) ┬áRepeat for desired repetitions. 12-15 reps would be a good place to start.

Modifications: You can also do this exercise with a kettle bell or without dumbbells, if you don’t have any equipment.


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