Bent Leg Kickback (kneeling)

Bent Leg Kickback (kneeling)

The Bent Leg Kickback (kneeling) is a dynamic exercise that primarily targets your glutes, hamstrings, and lower back muscles. It is a compound movement that also engages your core for stability. This exercise is ideal for anyone looking to strengthen and tone their buttocks and thighs. To perform the Bent Leg Kickback, start by kneeling on all fours on a comfortable exercise mat. Ensure that your hands are firmly placed beneath your shoulders and your knees are directly under your hips. Your back should be straight and parallel to the floor. Next, engage your core and lift one knee off the ground, keeping the leg bent at a 90-degree angle. Make sure to keep your foot flexed throughout the movement. Then, with control, kick your raised leg backward while maintaining the bent knee position. Focus on squeezing your buttocks as you extend your leg behind you. Pause briefly at the top of the movement to maximize the contraction. Slowly return your knee back to the starting position without letting it touch the ground, and repeat the movement for the desired number of repetitions. Remember to perform the exercise on both legs for balanced muscle development. To make the Bent Leg Kickback more challenging, you can add resistance by attaching ankle weights or using resistance bands. Additionally, incorporating this exercise into your leg or glute workouts can enhance overall strength and stability. Always remember to warm up properly before attempting any exercise and listen to your body to avoid overexertion. Regularly including the Bent Leg Kickback in your workout routine can help improve your posterior chain strength and enhance your overall lower body aesthetics.


  • Start by positioning yourself on all fours on an exercise mat or soft surface.
  • Make sure your hands are directly under your shoulders and your knees are directly under your hips.
  • Engage your core and maintain a neutral spine throughout the exercise.
  • Bend one leg at the knee and drive the sole of your foot toward the ceiling, keeping the foot flexed.
  • Continue kicking your leg back until your thigh is parallel to the floor or until you feel a contraction in your glutes.
  • Pause for a moment at the top of the movement, focusing on squeezing the glute muscles.
  • Lower your leg back down to the starting position, but do not let your knee touch the ground.
  • Repeat the movement for the desired number of repetitions on one leg before switching to the other leg.
  • Remember to breathe naturally throughout the exercise and avoid any jerking or swinging motions.
  • Keep the movement controlled and precise, focusing on using the glutes to drive the leg back.

Tips & Tricks

  • Engage your core throughout the exercise to maintain stability and control.
  • Focus on squeezing your glutes at the top of the movement to maximize muscle activation.
  • Keep your back straight and avoid any arching or rounding. Maintain proper alignment.
  • Start with lighter weights or resistance bands and gradually increase as you become more comfortable and stronger.
  • Control the movement and avoid swinging or using momentum to lift your leg.
  • Inhale as you return to the starting position and exhale as you lift your leg.
  • Maintain a neutral spine by keeping your head and neck aligned with your back.
  • Take your time and perform the exercise with a slow and controlled movement.
  • If you feel any discomfort or pain, stop the exercise and consult with a fitness professional.
  • Combine the Bent Leg Kickback with other glute exercises for a more comprehensive routine.


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