As you well know, we have all been blessed with different body types. Some may think of their butt as a blessing, while others would rather say their rear is a curse!
Well we say, let’s work with what you have and turn your butt into your sexiest and most loved body part!
We’ve have outlined some of the most effective proven butt building exercises.
Each day that it’s time to train your lovely lower body, choose three exercises from the list below (Keep in mind that consistency is necessary in seeing, and feeling results):
Squats are an excellent and proven way of training your gluteus maximus (butt). You can add resistance by performing them while holding dumbbells in your hands or with a bar across your shoulders. If you opt for the bar (advanced), make sure you have a spotter unless the resistance is very light.
Varying the width of your feet will change the emphasis of the exercise. The closer together your feet are, the more your quads (front of the thighs) will work. As you move your feet further apart, you’ll feel the exercise more in your hips and butt. You should always have someone check your form to be sure you’re doing squats properly.
If you go to a gym, the leg press machine may be easier to use than doing squats with a bar, and it attacks the same region.
Lunges are another exercise that works your glutes. Singer Jessica Simpson was noted to have fallen in love with lunges as she sculpted her body to fit her daisy duke shorts in The Dukes of Hazzard.
Here are several different types of lunges:
· Stationary lunges
· Walking lunges
· Alternating lunges
· Side lunges
Hold two dumbbells to the side of your body. Bring one leg forward and stand so that you have good balance. Bend both legs and allow the dumbbells to bring your body down towards the ground, making sure your front knee does not go past your toes. At this time the other knee will almost touch the floor; then come back up. Do all of the reps with one leg forward and then continue with the second leg.
Hip extension is a movement that I will always include when I want my butt to look its best. This exercise, which I have learned as “Flutter Kicks” will surely make your hamstrings and glutes burn with delight. OK, maybe this doesn’t sound like fun to you, but if you simply give it a chance here, you may start enjoying it as much as I do.
On a step or platform, (or on your bed if you train at home) lie facedown with hips on the edge of the step, legs straight with toes resting lightly on the floor. (If you are using a bed, your legs will be off the edge and your feet high off the floor.) Squeeze your glutes and hamstrings and straighten the legs until they are level with the hips.
Lift one leg higher than the other and alternate. Move each leg as though you are doing a flutter kick in water. Try doing 3 sets of 20 repetitions on each leg.
Do you want more? Once you have done your 3 sets of Flutter Kicks, in the same position, contract your glutes and hamstrings so that your legs are parallel with the floor and move your legs open, then close. When you close them, have one leg cross over the other. Alternate each rep, which leg is crossing over. Try doing 2-3 sets of 20 repetitions on each leg.
Deadlifts are excellent for your hamstrings, butt and lower back, but form is critical! Start by standing with your feet hip-width apart, and your weights in front of thighs (bar or dumbbells). Keeping back flat and abs in, bend forward from the hips and lower your torso until your weights reach your shins.
This is where it’s time to SQUEEZE your butt to raise back up. Remember to keep your weights (bar) close to your legs throughout the entire range of motion, with just the slightest bend in the knees. Make sure that you don’t hyper extend your knees. Do 3 sets of 8-12 reps.
Surely, there are many other variations to the above exercises… just find out what works best for you by doing a little experimenting. Stay focused and know what parts of your booty you are trying to target before you begin any serious butt-building program.