How to do Squats Properly for Bigger Glutes [Bigger Bum Activation Techniques]

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How to do Squats Properly for a Bigger Bum

In this article, we are going to address the topic how to do squats properly for a bigger bum. If you’re trying to build bigger glutes by doing squats and getting nowhere, maybe it’s because you’re not doing them properly. Most people do not get any benefit out of doing squats when it comes to building bigger glutes. Your quads are getting all the action while your glutes are being left behind. No pun intended.

Performing squats does not automatically mean you are activating your glute muscles to grow bigger glutes. Most people are getting a great leg workout, but unfortunately missing their glutes entirely. So hopefully we can help show you how to do squats properly to get that bum to fire up and grow bigger.

Without proper form, execution and glute activation you are leaving your glutes behind!

Don’t be misled by the squat hype promoted on the web, especially social media sites such as Pinterest and Twitter. The squat exercise is not the ultimate butt building exercise. Yes, you heard correctly. The primary muscle groups targeted when performing squats are the quadriceps, better known as the leg muscles, and the glutes. Unfortunately, most people will never stimulate the glutes properly during this exercise. Your form, execution, and glute activation are everything when trying to build bigger glutes. Therefore, if you do not have all of these in check your squat workouts could be giving you little to no results when it comes to building bigger glutes. 

Are your Glutes being Left Behind?

how to do squats properlyUsing incorrect form will pretty much leave your bum untouched and your quads doing most of the work. This could result in bigger quads and no butt. Not exactly what we’re aiming for. Don’t believe me? Have you ever been to the gym and seen a guy squatting three or four plates on each side and notice his huge quads, but wonder why he has no glutes?

I have seen many!

You would think that his glutes should be huge. It’s because he is not doing the squats correctly to build glute muscles. Otherwise, he’s not interested in developing glutes and solely doing squats to build big quads.

If your goal is to build bigger glutes, let us first note some of the most common mistakes made when performing squats and then explain how to do squats properly.

Common Mistakes when performing Squats (Form and Execution)

Just going out there and performing 10 to 12 heavy reps on the squat rack or freestanding barbell will not be effective if not performed correctly. Lets first go over some common mistakes you may be making so we can recruit more glute activation for this exercise and less of the quads.

3 Common Mistakes When doing Squats for Bigger Glutes

#1 Not Squatting  Deep Enough

Probably the most common and most critical mistake is not going deep enough into the squat. Most will go to about a 45-degree angle, which is not even parallel to the floor. A 90-degree angle would be parallel and much better to activate your glutes, however even lower than that would be more effective at targeting your glutes. 

#2 Too much Weight Compromises Form when Squatting for Glute Growth

I believe the second most common mistake is using weights that are too heavy to perform the exercise correctly. You will not be able to go deep enough to target your glutes if you stacked the bar too heavy. Going extremely heavy for the purpose of building bigger glutes should not be your objective. Going a bit lighter, performing the exercise with proper form so you feel the exercise, and maybe even slowing down your movement will be much more effective. You must create a mind to muscle connection to get those glutes fired up.

#3 Wrong Foot Position when Squatting

Your foot position is also a very important factor when doing squats. If your feet are positioned too closely, your quads will receive most of the action. Also, if you are performing this exercise with a smith machine rather than with a free standing barbell, place your feet slightly forward so your knee does not extend beyond your toes when performing the squat. If done incorrectly, this will put tremendous stress on your knees, while at the same time prevent you from performing a deep squat.

Glute Activation is Essential for a Bigger Bum

squat properly bigger bumThere are more ways to activate your glutes than form and execution. As mentioned earlier, glute activation when performing squats can be very difficult for most. And many times using proper form and execution may still not be enough to get the true benefits of squatting for bigger glutes. There are however a couple more ways you can almost guarantee glute activation either before or even while actively performing squats.

Hip Resistance Bands are Perfect for Glute Activation

A great way to get your glutes fired up and responsive prior to performing your squat routine is by doing a few glute activation exercises with hip resistance bands. Although these bands are great for toning your glutes, and not necessarily building bigger glutes, they are perfect for getting your glutes pumped with blood and creating that mind to muscle connection. To activate your glutes and get them ready for squats try the following glute activation exercises.

4 Butt Exercises to Activate your Glutes

To perform the following exercises you will need hip resistance bands which will be placed around the knee area. When performing the exercises it is critical that you push your knees apart at all times. When done correctly, this is a sure-fire way to get those glute muscles fired up. And trust me, you will feel the burn.

  1. Glute Bridge – 30 reps
  2. Seated hip abduction – 30 reps
  3. Squats (bodyweight only) – 30 reps
  4. Lateral-walk (5 each way) – 30 reps

Your bum will surely be pumped and ready for action at the end of this routine. Another great method is to use these resistance bands while actively performing your squats.

Just as a side note. These resistance bands can also be used while actively performing other resistance exercises for your glutes such as leg presses. Give it a try and see how it works!

How to do Squats Properly for a Bigger Bum

To engage your glutes, follow these tips:

  • Go deep so your legs are at least parallel to the floor. Lower is even better.
  • Don’t compromise your form with weights that are too heavy. You must create a mind to muscle connection and concentrate on the glute muscles you are using. Slowing down your reps can work wonders.
  • Position your feet at least shoulder width apart, and if using a smith machine place your feet farther in front of you. This will help you go deeper and avoid putting to much stress on your knees.
  • For size, go heavy while using a strict form for 8 -10 rep, but also go light for higher reps in the 20 range. Your glutes and quads seem to respond quite well when performing both.
  • It also helps to slow down your motion on the negative and use explosive moves on the positive.
  • Try to feel the stretch at the bottom of each rep. This will help engage those glute fibers more than anything else.
  • Use glute activation with hip resistance bands to guarantee your glutes are fired up and being utilized for your squat routine.

Closing Remarks

Obviously, to build a bigger bum you must know how to do squats properly. You can achieve this by using various techniques and methods to guarantee glute activation. Both form and execution are critical when performing squats. However, using an additional technique by incorporating hip resistance bands to guarantee glute activation can be the icing on the cake.

I hope you enjoyed our post on how to do squats properly for a bigger bum. As I like to say to everyone, don’t give up, be persistent, and master your fitness goals one day at a time. There is always something new to learn.