How does your butt look? It’s hard to see it since it’s located on the backside of our bodies but it’s one of the parts of our body that we look at the most. I mean there’s nothing like a great looking butt in a pair of jeans. The way that denim cups the cheeks of a well-toned and formed rear is a sexy image indeed.
Nobody wants a flat butt, there’s no excitement to a derriere that looks like part of your back. But how do you work the muscles that give you a great looking butt? I’ve outlined some exercises that focus on the gluteus maximus and all his little friends. Concentrate on these moves to boost your booty for a fine looking bottom.
Squats are one of the best exercises you can do for your hips, butt and thighs.
Lunges are a challenging exercise because they work so many muscles at the same time. On the front leg, you’ll work the glutes and hamstrings and, on the back leg, you’ll work the quads and calves. What’s nice about lunges is that there is a variety to choose from such as:
Side to side lunges
The Step-up works by simply placing one foot on a step or platform and pushing through the heel onto the step. This is an excellent exercise for the glutes, but you will want to make sure your knee is bent to 90 degrees or less to keep it safe.
The Hip Extension is an exercise that targets the largest muscle in the body…the gluteus maximus. For this move, you can hold a dumbbell behind your knee or use ankle weights for added intensity.
But strength-training exercises aren’t the only way to get a pretty fanny. Fun and exciting activities will also strengthen your muscles in your backside and give you a beneficial cardio workout at the same time.
Hiking is great for working the glutes. Lunges help to strengthen your muscles so that hiking is much easier and you have less chance of injury to your back or knees.
Bike riding is great for your heart and targets the muscles in your hips, butt and thighs. Spinning will work the same muscle groups.
Walking is easy and you can do it anywhere without having to spend money on equipment. You can vary your intensity and change your path to add interest.
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