Not gonna get good glutes doing tons of these, I can assure you.
You know what really irritates me? Those cookie-cutter leg programs you find online that tell you to do nothing but bodyweight squats and lunges. You know the kind I'm talking about, the kind where they plot out a workout plan for a whole month at a time, each day with you doing a little bit more than before, so that you start off with a five minute workout and work your way up to a twenty minute workout. Well, this sort of workout might be okay for a beginner, but it's not going to do anything after that first month!
One of the most basic principles of exercise is that as your body adapts to a workload, a greater workload is needed to elicit a similar response. The problem with bodyweight exercises is that since you're never adding weight, that means that the only way to increase intensity is to increase your number or reps, or the speed with which you do those reps. But you can't keep adding reps forever. Doing fifty or a hundred reps of ANYTHING gets boring as hell, and that's why people rarely stick it out and do more after those first thirty days. Here's a simple, realistic exercise program based on that style of workout: do as many squats/lunges/pushups/whatever in a row. Do this every day. Forever. Gets boring pretty quickly, right? This is why you never see those infographics last more than thirty days, because they don't actually expect you to do them for any longer than thirty days, or you'd see how pointless that workout is.
It's the same reason, for example, that Jordan Syatt takes issue with P90X. (1) What happens after those 90 days are up? Do you start over, even though you'd just be doing the same stuff again without progressing? If P90X was actually geared towards getting you in shape, it would be called P365X. The only effective programs are the kind that you can repeat for the rest of your life, continually scaling without issue. Programs like P90X are often thinly veiled plans for weight loss mixed with crash dieting. They're designed to get you moving, and not to think too hard about why you're moving, or whether or not you're actually getting much benefit out of it. Bodyweight glute-gaining programs are usually garbage, because they offer little opportunity for progression and therefore little benefit after the first thirty days or so. Here's a few exercises that you can progress so you can see those glutes you've always wanted.
1. The Goblet Squat
The goblet squat is pretty much just a bodyweight squat while holding on to a dumbbell. How simple is that?! Hold the dumbbell in front of you like you see medieval priests holding goblets, and you're golden. Remain within the 8-12 rep range and challenge yourself. When it gets too hard to hold onto the dumbbell, congratulations, you should probably be doing standard barbell squats! The goblet squat is an exercise that's easy to progress and lasts for quite a while, meaning it's great for a wide variety of populations, from beginners even to more advanced exercisers.
2. The Sumo Deadlift
The sumo deadlift is a safer variation on the conventional deadlift that I prefer to use with newer lifters. If a 45lb barbell is too much for you to start, use kettlebells. Take a wide stance, toes pointed out, and grip the weight between your legs. Straighten your body to standing, holding onto the weight the whole time. Again, stay within the 8-12 rep range and challenge yourself. Make sure to follow proper form and keep your back straight, butt down, and head up. The deadlift is a more extension-focused exercise, meaning that it's gonna be great for building up those glutes/hamstrings/lower back.
3. The Weighted Lunge
Bodyweight lunges get just as tiring as any bodyweight exercise can after a while. Add weights in. Hold onto a pair of dumbbells, or balance a barbell on your back, and do lunges normally. Higher rep ranges (15-20) may be more beneficial. Not much to say here!
4. Weighted Glute Bridge/Hip Thrust
Bret Contreras' baby, the hip thrust, is an exercise that not many have heard of, but which I can assure you is the best glute-building exercise around. If you really want to see your glute game improve, the hip thrust is the best way. Place a weighted barbell on your hips, rest your shoulders against a bench, and simply extend your glutes. Bret can probably demonstrate it best:
If that seems too much for you, just try the weighted glute bridge instead. It's also a great exercise with a similarly good level of scalability.
Beginner and intermediate exercisers will see a lot out of these four exercises, and will find them a lot easier to scale than bodyweight or circuit-based programs. If you're looking to build buns of steel, this is all you need!
5. The Kettlebell Swing
An excellent exercise that also taxes your hip extension ability, so long as you're doing it right. This is another one that may require a good amount of research first to get the form down; kettlebell swings are easily one of the exercises I see abused and misperformed the most. But if you're doing it right, it ceases to be much of a shoulder exercise and becomes an excellent hip extension exercise. The explosive quality of the movement also contributes more to a lot of athletic activities, so it fills a niche that the other exercises here don't quite reach.