Most people wouldn’t
mind a firm booty, but the more we sit, the softer our seat gets. To get a
gravity-defying butt that’s strong and toned, commit to adding exercises that
focus on your backside. To start toning your glutes, try these three exercises
from Life Fitness:
Squat it out. Squats are often
touted as the best workout for your butt (and thighs), and for good reason.
Perform squats using your body weight, a pair of dumbbells or a kettlebell.
Stand with your feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart, bend both knees
and act like you are sitting back in a chair, until your thighs are parallel to
the ground. Keep your chest up, head lifted and abs engaged. Squeezing
your glutes, drive through the heels as you return to standing. Try a few
variations like narrow squats, single leg squats or jump squats.
Lunge, not lounge. Lunges shape the legs
and buns and are part of most sports. Keep your upper body lifted and
step forward with one leg in an exaggerated step that is about double an
average walking step. Bend both of your knees to 90 degrees if possible until
your front thigh is almost parallel to the floor and your back knee is almost
touching the floor. Return to the standing position and repeat. Perform an
equal number of repetitions with both legs. You can try a few variations like
adding weights and doing cross behind lunges or walking lunges.
Bridges not only firm the glutes, but also work the inner thigh. Start by lying
on your back with your legs bent and feet flat on the floor. Place a towel
between your knees and squeeze. Rest your arms by the sides of your body with
your palms on the floor. Squeeze your legs together and lift your hips up off
the floor, engaging your core as well. Lower back down and repeat several
times.Fit Tips are provided
by Life Fitness, the leader in designing and manufacturing high-quality
exercise equipment for fitness facilities and homes worldwide. For more
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