💪 4 Exercises for Bigger, Better Glutes


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  • The off-season bulking diet of Men’s Open bodybuilder Michal Krizo 

  • Seven-time Figure Olympia Cydney Gillon breaks down how beginners should grow their glutes

  • 15 bodyweight exercises a personal trainer recommends to get jacked


Bulking Buffet

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Building muscle effectively requires consuming more calories than usual, aka bulking. But what exactly does a bulking diet entail? Dive into the off-season muscle-building regimen of Men’s Open bodybuilder Michal Krizo, who recently divulged his dietary strategy for the 2024 bodybuilding season.

Krizo meticulously plans his diet into seven meals throughout the day, prioritizing a moderate intake of carbohydrates while focusing on protein powder, salmon, and chicken breast for the bulk of his, well, bulk. Explore the foods and supplements that fuel the 300-pound Slovakian bodybuilder’s daily intake of 4,500-5,000 calories. (If you want a cheat sheet, he generally lands at around 400-500 grams of protein, 400 grams of carbohydrates, and approximately 100 grams of fat per day.)


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Glute Glow Up 

Credit: Cydney Gillon

Sculpting an impressive physique demands focusing on developing the glutes. A strong set of glutes will enhance your frame for better lifting performance and boost your overall posterior strength. 

For tips on how to build these muscles properly, seven-time Figure Olympia champion Cydney Gillon recently shared her exclusive insights on how beginners can craft perfectly shaped glutes

Gillon introduces four practical exercises and offers detailed advice on performing machine glute kickbacks to maximize hypertrophy and ensure balanced development between both glutes. She also explains various bench-glute ham raise techniques, making them accessible without specialized equipment. Her comprehensive routine includes bodyweight and resistance band exercises, ideal for those looking to enhance their glutes from the comfort of their home.

After reading this breakdown, all you’ll need to do is get to the gym and start lifting. 


No Equipment Necessary 

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You might think the key to strength revolves around barbells, dumbbells, and thousand-dollar machines. But don’t sleep on the top-notch benefits of training with just your body weight. Various compound exercises — such as squats, push-ups, and pull-ups — utilize your body weight effectively and can lead to huge gains. Wondering where to begin? 

The team at BarBend has selected the top 15 calisthenics exercises essential for achieving optimal muscle growth. These exercises target every major muscle group, including the chest, biceps, triceps, back, legs, core, and shoulders. We provide detailed instructions for each movement, beginner modifications, and advanced training techniques to ensure progress at every level.


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