Written by Bret Contreras, Strong Curves workout is a great program for novice and intermediate lifters looking to get stronger and, yes, have a better butt. The program’s greatest strength lies in its simplicity, making it a simple workout to follow and make progress quickly.
It has quickly become a staple within the strength training community and is available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon.
December 2019 Update:
Bret Contreras has published a new book: Glute Lab. It is getting rave reviews from readers that have been following Strong Curves for years, reporting it has more informational content, more illustrations, new programs, and overall greater depth. Clocking in at over 600 pages, Glute Lab may be the most comprehensive effort published on strength training for women and glute training.
There are 3 different Strong Curves spreadsheets below:
- bootyful beginnings (beginner)
- gluteal goddess (more experienced)
- gorgeous glutes (more experienced, lower body only)
Strong Curves Workout Program Overview (Free PDF)
To read more about the program and how to do the exercises, here is a sample PDF that Bret published for free. It includes everything up to the actual programs, which are laid out in the spreadsheets below.
Source for the spreadsheets
/r/StrongCurves Community on Reddit if you have any questions
Check out Strong Curves on Amazon if you want 100% of the programs, tips, and advice from Bret Contreras.
Strong Curves: Bootyful Beginnings Workout Spreadsheet
Just as it sounds, Bootyful Beginnings is an excellent workout program for athletes that many not have much familiarity with the movements needed for the workout program. If you start anywhere, start with this one.
Strong Curves: Gluteal Goddess Workout Spreadsheet
A more advanced follow up program for graduates of Bootyful Beginnings. The most significant difference vs. Bootyful Beginnings is that the rep volume decreases and the weight increases. Get ready for a strong booty!
Strong Curves: Gorgeous Glutes Workout Spreadsheet
Another product of the fabulous /r/StrongCurves community. This is a program spreadsheet for Bret’s Gorgeous Glutes variation of the Strong Curves program.
This is a lower body only program, so you will need to fill in your own upper body or cardio work. There is some space in the spreadsheet to add that in. Lift Vault has bench press programs or you can just swap in the upper body work from another program you’d prefer.
Strong Curves FAQs
- What is the Strong Curves program?
- Strong Curves is a strength program design focused on inducing glute hypertrophy and lower body strength.
- Do I need lifting experience to start Strong Curves?
- No. Strong Curves has different variations, including “Bootyful Beginnings,” which was designed for beginners. The book explains how to do all exercises (with pictures too!). Beginners welcome!
- Is Strong Curves only for beginners?
- Nope! Its “Gluteal Goddess” variation can accommodate athletes with more experience. You can also borrow elements from Strong Curves to incorporate into other programs.
- Do I need special equipment to run the Strong Curves program?
- There is some recommended equipment for Strong Curves, which is described in detail in the book. An incomplete list of recommended equipment includes: a squat rack, barbell, dumbbells, and resistance bands. For folks with limited equipment, the book covers how to complete the program with limited amounts of equipment through dumbbell usage and bodyweight exercises.