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Question: How exactly does one get "buns of steel" ?

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Yup, I never know how do people get tight, non-flabby glutes. I lift weights and cardio regularly, I'm 5'11 ish with a good weight of 160 lbs, I know its on the slim side but my physique is that of the distance runner. My fitness level is high (I scored a 90 out of 100 on a California fitness test) and my body fat is a mere 11.5%.

Yet my ass seem to just sag and not be as "toned" as I like. Any recommend workout plan.

I realize how shallow my post sounds.
 

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Lower body fat and squats/deadlift. Any kind of hip extension really. The more the knees are bent the more the glutes get used. I guess front squats work pretty well too.

Most runners have grandpa butt.
 

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What you said makes sense. I have been incoporating alot of forward + reverse lunges, leg press and front squats into weightlifting days and my lower body, especially thighs and glutes, have become quite "firmer".

Will polymetrics help as well too? I'm thinking of taking up mid-distance sprinting and the coach says polymetric training will be used.
 

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Most coaches don't have a clue about plyometrics...it sounds cool so they do it.

Glutes and hamstrings are all about hip extension. The more the hips are extended the harder they work. The more the knee is bent with the hips extended the harder the glutes work and the less the knee is bent the harder the hamstrings work.

It's pretty complex and hard to teach via the Internet but basically if you're doing mid-level sprinting and are serious about it plyometrics won't help you until you can put up some decent squat numbers.

Lunges are generally a waste because the hips don't extend enough and the quadriceps are used too much. Most runners also overly use their quads and lunges reinforce bad habits. They're pretty non-functional as well.
 

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The squat used to be m favourite exercise, followed by dead lifts and its variations. My girl thinks I used to be an African woman because it sticks out. I would say that the king dead lift would hit the glutes very hard. Try 'em out.

I can't squat or deadlift anymore... due to back problems. Hip extensions are taxing on the lower back, so if you have probs, go with the king dead lift.
 

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Squats with or with out weights. Also, try roller blading or ice hockey. You'll have an ass of steel.
 

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Originally Posted by Tck13
What about squatting with no weights? Quite effective.
No it isn't. It's mostly quadriceps since for the hip extensors to be loaded the resistance needs to be on the lever arm away from the fulcrum (hip). In other words, it needs to be on your back somewhere (or borne by the back like in the deadlift). With no weight there's no real resistance to press against.
 

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Originally Posted by why
No it isn't. It's mostly quadriceps since for the hip extensors to be loaded the resistance needs to be on the level arm away from the fulcrum (hip). In other words, it needs to be on your back somewhere (or borne by the back like in the deadlift). With no weight there's no real resistance to press against.
Bullshit... Spoken like someone who's never done them. Go do 100 and tell me how your ass feels. Actually, nevermind as I'll bet you can't get past 25 reps.
 

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watch lots of weird videos
 

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+1 for squats & deads. and lunges will help but they work the minimus muscles primarily. form is so important for squats.
 

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Deep squats, deadlift, GHR, and short distance sprinting.

Try doing a a few sets of bridges or fire hydrant circles before your workout to activate your glutes.
 

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You don't need to be lower body fat, you're already lower body fat, don't go that way, there are plenty of strongmen with titanium glutes. Get on a routine that has squats in it, and do them well and in proper form and technique and after a couple of months you'll be there. Refer to Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength or Stuart McRobert's Beyong Brawl (Rippetoe's book may overtrain you) for proper squat technique
 

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I dunno. I've been doing a lot of squats and deads, and my glutes have definitely gotten larger, but it's still all about your BF levels. I store my fat in my lower back and ass. Not that I mind having a bigger butt for a slim guy. But it's not just about doing the exercises.

FWIW, the exercise that I felt engaged the butt muscles the most, aside from h0m0sex, is the stiff-legged deadlift, if done correctly.
 

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