Glutes are in vogue right now, there’s no denying that. Whether it’s the Kardashian effect, an increase in the desire for athletic bodies, or an acceptance and appreciation for other body types, the results are in: people want bigger butts.
As a New York City trainer to everyone from youth athletes to world-famous actors, let me assure you that these days, most of my clients want a big, round booty capped by some glorious glutes.
This is fantastic, because not only does it mean that society is changing in a way that pulls further from the once-common marginalization of the beautiful, curvy figures typically associated with non-white women, it’s also a step towards appreciating the athleticism that big a booty bring.
Because, truly, having a big butt is not just about how you look in a pair of leggings; it’s also about what you can do with it. The glutes are the largest and strongest muscle group in the body, and the keystone of the posterior chain. They generate massive force in any exercise that involves hip extension, which includes the squat, deadlift, and any form of running and jumping.
All of which is to say: whether you want to be sexy or strong or s…