Which exercises can you do in the gym to activate arguably one of the most important muscles in the body? the answer is a lot!! in a recent study undertaken in 2020 which has looked at which exercises activate the best. The study found that step-up, lateral step-up, diagonal step-up, cross over step-up, hex bar deadlift, rotational barbell hip thrust, traditional barbell hip thrust, American barbell hip thrust, belt squat, split squat, in-line lunge, traditional lunge, pull barbell hip thrust, modified single-leg squat, conventional deadlift, and band hip thrust. The study concluded that several exercises could induce very high levels of glute max activation. The step-up exercise and its variations present the highest levels of glute max activation followed by several loaded exercises and its variations, such as deadlifts, hip thrusts, lunges, and squats.