Rear Glute Extension

Beginner Level of Difficulty

The rear leg extension is a beginner lower body exercise. This exercise targets the glutes and hamstrings.


Picture of Glutes


Gluteal Muscles (Glutes) are one of the strongest muscles in the body and are the connecting point between your legs and back muscles. Glutes are used in a variety of actions from moving the leg to extending and rotating the hip, as well as extending and rotating the trunk of the body.

Picture of Hamstrings


The hamstrings play a crucial role in many daily activities, such as, running, jumping, walking and cycling. Strengthening your hamstring muscles help to protect your knees from injury by absorbing the stress placed on the knee. Weak hamstrings can lead to knee injury.

Equipment Used

Picture of Cable Machine

Cable Machine

The cable machine is a piece of equipment used in weight training or functional training. A wide variety of exercises can be performed using the apparatus.

Exercise Instructions

rear glute extension - step 1

Step 1

Stand in front of the cable machine with one leg on the floor and the other attached to the cable machine by an ankle cuff.

rear glute extension - step 2

Step 2

Keep a soft bend in both of your knees and extend one of your legs outwards, Fully contract your glute muscles at the end of the motion.

rear glute extension - step 3

Step 3

Return your leg back to the starting position and repeat.