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Strong Curves: Bootyful Beginnings
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A woman's guide to building a better butt and body
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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Strong Curves: Bootyful Beginnings is a beginner routine designed specifically for women who want to build a strong, curvy body. This program has a mix of bodyweight and barbell/dumbbell exercises.

Designed by Bret Contreras, a Sports Science PhD and a long-time trainer who has helped thousands of women build a better body. In addition to the Strong Curves book, Bret has published Glute Lab book.

If you want to train virtually with Bret, check out Booty By Bret for his strength and conditioning digital subscription program that includes up to 5 workouts per week, exercise library, and community.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Level
Beginner, Novice
Goal
Muscle & Sculpting
Equipment
Full Gym
Program Length
8 weeks
Days Per Week
3 days
Recommended Days
Mon, Wed, Fri
Time Per Workout
45 minutes
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WEEK 1
WEEK 2
WEEK 3
WEEK 4
WEEK 5
WEEK 6
WEEK 7
WEEK 8
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Glute Bridge (Barbell)
3
10-20 reps
2
Single Arm Row (Dumbbell)
3
8-12 reps
3
Box Squat (Barbell)
3
10-20 reps
4
Bench Press (Barbell)
3
8-12 reps
5
Romanian Deadlift (Dumbbell)
3
10-20 reps
6
Side Lying Abductions
1
15-30 reps
7
RKC Plank
1
20-120 secs
8
Side Plank
1
20-60 secs
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Glute Bridge (Barbell)
3
10-20 reps
2
Single Arm Row (Dumbbell)
3
8-12 reps
3
Box Squat (Barbell)
3
10-20 reps
4
Bench Press (Barbell)
3
8-12 reps
5
Romanian Deadlift (Dumbbell)
3
10-20 reps
6
Side Lying Abductions
1
15-30 reps
7
RKC Plank
1
20-120 secs
8
Side Plank
1
20-60 secs
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Glute Bridge (Barbell)
3
10-20 reps
2
Single Arm Row (Dumbbell)
3
8-12 reps
3
Box Squat (Barbell)
3
10-20 reps
4
Bench Press (Barbell)
3
8-12 reps
5
Romanian Deadlift (Dumbbell)
3
10-20 reps
6
Side Lying Abductions
1
15-30 reps
7
RKC Plank
1
20-120 secs
8
Side Plank
1
20-60 secs
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Glute Bridge (Barbell)
3
10-20 reps
2
Single Arm Row (Dumbbell)
3
8-12 reps
3
Box Squat (Barbell)
3
10-20 reps
4
Bench Press (Barbell)
3
8-12 reps
5
Romanian Deadlift (Dumbbell)
3
10-20 reps
6
Side Lying Abductions
1
15-30 reps
7
RKC Plank
1
20-120 secs
8
Side Plank
1
20-60 secs
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Hip Thrust (Barbell)
3
10-20 reps
2
Standing Single Arm Cable Row
3
8-12 reps
3
Goblet Squat
3
10-20 reps
4
Bench Press (Barbell)
3
8-12 reps
5
Romanian Deadlift (Dumbbell)
3
10-20 reps
6
Side Lying Abductions
1
15-30 reps
7
Plank (Feet Elevated)
1
20-60 secs
8
Side Plank
1
20-60 secs
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Hip Thrust (Barbell)
3
10-20 reps
2
Standing Single Arm Cable Row
3
8-12 reps
3
Goblet Squat
3
10-20 reps
4
Bench Press (Barbell)
3
8-12 reps
5
Romanian Deadlift (Dumbbell)
3
10-20 reps
6
Side Lying Abductions
1
15-30 reps
7
Plank (Feet Elevated)
1
20-60 secs
8
Side Plank
1
20-60 secs
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Hip Thrust (Barbell)
3
10-20 reps
2
Standing Single Arm Cable Row
3
8-12 reps
3
Goblet Squat
3
10-20 reps
4
Bench Press (Barbell)
3
8-12 reps
5
Romanian Deadlift (Dumbbell)
3
10-20 reps
6
Side Lying Abductions
1
15-30 reps
7
Plank (Feet Elevated)
1
20-60 secs
8
Side Plank
1
20-60 secs
Day 1
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Hip Thrust (Barbell)
3
10-20 reps
2
Standing Single Arm Cable Row
3
8-12 reps
3
Goblet Squat
3
10-20 reps
4
Bench Press (Barbell)
3
8-12 reps
5
Romanian Deadlift (Dumbbell)
3
10-20 reps
6
Side Lying Abductions
1
15-30 reps
7
Plank (Feet Elevated)
1
20-60 secs
8
Side Plank
1
20-60 secs
Day 2
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Single Leg Glute Bridge
3
10-20 reps
2
Lat Pulldown
3
8-12 reps
3
Step-Up (Weighted)
3
10-20 reps
4
Standing Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)
3
8-12 reps
5
Back Extension
3
10-20 reps
6
Side Lying Clam
1
15-30 reps
7
RKC Plank
1
20-120 secs
8
Side Plank
1
20-60 secs
Day 2
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Single Leg Glute Bridge
3
10-20 reps
2
Lat Pulldown
3
8-12 reps
3
Step-Up (Weighted)
3
10-20 reps
4
Standing Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)
3
8-12 reps
5
Back Extension
3
10-20 reps
6
Side Lying Clam
1
15-30 reps
7
RKC Plank
1
20-120 secs
8
Side Plank
1
20-60 secs
Day 2
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Single Leg Glute Bridge
3
10-20 reps
2
Lat Pulldown
3
8-12 reps
3
Step-Up (Weighted)
3
10-20 reps
4
Standing Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)
3
8-12 reps
5
Back Extension
3
10-20 reps
6
Side Lying Clam
1
15-30 reps
7
RKC Plank
1
20-120 secs
8
Side Plank
1
20-60 secs
Day 2
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Single Leg Glute Bridge
3
10-20 reps
2
Lat Pulldown
3
8-12 reps
3
Step-Up (Weighted)
3
10-20 reps
4
Standing Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)
3
8-12 reps
5
Back Extension
3
10-20 reps
6
Side Lying Clam
1
15-30 reps
7
RKC Plank
1
20-120 secs
8
Side Plank
1
20-60 secs
Day 2
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Single Leg Glute Bridge
3
10-20 reps
2
Chin-Up Negatives
3
3 reps
3
Walking Lunge (Dumbbell)
3
20-40 reps
4
Standing Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)
3
8-12 reps
5
Reverse Hyperextension
3
10-20 reps
6
Side Lying Clam
1
15-30 reps
7
Swiss Ball Crunch
1
15-30 reps
8
Swiss Ball Side Crunch
1
15-30 reps
Day 2
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Single Leg Glute Bridge
3
10-20 reps
2
Chin-Up Negatives
3
3 reps
3
Walking Lunge (Dumbbell)
3
20-40 reps
4
Standing Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)
3
8-12 reps
5
Reverse Hyperextension
3
10-20 reps
6
Side Lying Clam
1
15-30 reps
7
Swiss Ball Crunch
1
15-30 reps
8
Swiss Ball Side Crunch
1
15-30 reps
Day 2
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Single Leg Glute Bridge
3
10-20 reps
2
Chin-Up Negatives
3
3 reps
3
Walking Lunge (Dumbbell)
3
20-40 reps
4
Standing Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)
3
8-12 reps
5
Reverse Hyperextension
3
10-20 reps
6
Side Lying Clam
1
15-30 reps
7
Swiss Ball Crunch
1
15-30 reps
8
Swiss Ball Side Crunch
1
15-30 reps
Day 2
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Single Leg Glute Bridge
3
10-20 reps
2
Chin-Up Negatives
3
3 reps
3
Walking Lunge (Dumbbell)
3
20-40 reps
4
Standing Shoulder Press (Dumbbell)
3
8-12 reps
5
Reverse Hyperextension
3
10-20 reps
6
Side Lying Clam
1
15-30 reps
7
Swiss Ball Crunch
1
15-30 reps
8
Swiss Ball Side Crunch
1
15-30 reps
Day 3
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Glute March
3
60 secs
2
Seated Row (Cable)
3
8-12 reps
3
Parallel Squat (Dumbbell)
3
10-20 reps
4
Incline Bench Press (Dumbbell)
3
8-12 reps
5
Single Leg Romanian Deadlift
2
10-20 reps
6
X-Band Walk
1
20 reps
7
RKC Plank
1
20-120 secs
8
Rope Horizontal Chop
1
10 reps
Day 3
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Glute March
3
60 secs
2
Seated Row (Cable)
3
8-12 reps
3
Parallel Squat (Dumbbell)
3
10-20 reps
4
Incline Bench Press (Dumbbell)
3
8-12 reps
5
Single Leg Romanian Deadlift
2
10-20 reps
6
X-Band Walk
1
20 reps
7
RKC Plank
1
20-120 secs
8
Rope Horizontal Chop
1
10 reps
Day 3
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Glute March
3
60 secs
2
Seated Row (Cable)
3
8-12 reps
3
Parallel Squat (Dumbbell)
3
10-20 reps
4
Incline Bench Press (Dumbbell)
3
8-12 reps
5
Single Leg Romanian Deadlift
2
10-20 reps
6
X-Band Walk
1
20 reps
7
RKC Plank
1
20-120 secs
8
Rope Horizontal Chop
1
10 reps
Day 3
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Glute March
3
60 secs
2
Seated Row (Cable)
3
8-12 reps
3
Parallel Squat (Dumbbell)
3
10-20 reps
4
Incline Bench Press (Dumbbell)
3
8-12 reps
5
Single Leg Romanian Deadlift
2
10-20 reps
6
X-Band Walk
1
20 reps
7
RKC Plank
1
20-120 secs
8
Rope Horizontal Chop
1
10 reps
Day 3
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Hip Thrust (Barbell)
3
10-20 reps
2
Inverted Row
3
8-12 reps
3
Goblet Squat
3
10-20 reps
4
Bench Press (Close Grip)
3
8-12 reps
5
Kettlebell Swing
3
10-20 reps
6
X-Band Walk
1
20 reps
7
Straight Leg Sit Up
1
15-30 reps
8
Rotary Hold
1
10-20 secs
Day 3
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Hip Thrust (Barbell)
3
10-20 reps
2
Inverted Row
3
8-12 reps
3
Goblet Squat
3
10-20 reps
4
Bench Press (Close Grip)
3
8-12 reps
5
Kettlebell Swing
3
10-20 reps
6
X-Band Walk
1
20 reps
7
Straight Leg Sit Up
1
15-30 reps
8
Rotary Hold
1
10-20 secs
Day 3
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Hip Thrust (Barbell)
3
10-20 reps
2
Inverted Row
3
8-12 reps
3
Goblet Squat
3
10-20 reps
4
Bench Press (Close Grip)
3
8-12 reps
5
Kettlebell Swing
3
10-20 reps
6
X-Band Walk
1
20 reps
7
Straight Leg Sit Up
1
15-30 reps
8
Rotary Hold
1
10-20 secs
Day 3
#
Exercise
Sets
Reps
Intensity
1
Hip Thrust (Barbell)
3
10-20 reps
2
Inverted Row
3
8-12 reps
3
Goblet Squat
3
10-20 reps
4
Bench Press (Close Grip)
3
8-12 reps
5
Kettlebell Swing
3
10-20 reps
6
X-Band Walk
1
20 reps
7
Straight Leg Sit Up
1
15-30 reps
8
Rotary Hold
1
10-20 secs
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING(85 ratings)
Only ratings with written feedback are displayed here.
4.17 / 5
Rosana KostadinovaAge 29, Woman
2 months ago
3 weeks complete
1 year of prior experience
As expected strength gains
Less than expected muscle gains
Marginal modifications
Good
Fleur RiordanAge 44, Woman
3 months ago
3 weeks complete
5 years of prior experience
As expected strength gains
Less than expected muscle gains
Marginal modifications
Easy program my regularity not ideal however results pretty good

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