3 Great Butt Exercises for
a Better Butt!From
eDiets - The online diet, fitness, and healthy living resource
Lower body sculpting moves for the Booty Makeover
you've only dreamed about.
here to learn how!
So, you're down in the dumps over your
sagging rump? Well get your dread out of your butt and set your sights on a
fabulous, fat-blasting workout from fitness guru Brad Schoenfeld.
If your glutes regimen has bottomed out and
you dont know where to turn, its time to kick it up a notch with Schoenfeld's
12-minute routine. Set aside three days a week (at the most), perform the trio
of recommended exercises and you'll kick slimming success in the can...
women, the bumpy backside is a frustrating trouble spot. A virtual fat
storehouse, a dumpy derriere is often the downfall of an otherwise fabulous
figure. It drags down the body -- and your esteem -- like an anchor on a
But you can firm that fanny with some
tried-and-true techniques from Schoenfeld, the author of Look Great Naked:
Slim Down, Shape Up and Tone Your Trouble Zones in 15 Minutes a Day
(Prentice Hall Press) and Sculpting Her Body Perfect (Human Kinetics).
The in-demand trainer says the secret to taming your least favorite asset is
working it from multiple angles.
The butt is made up of three separate
muscles: the gluteus maximus, gluteus minimus and gluteus medius. The trick is
to target each of these areas. Schoenfeld stresses that its quality, not
quantity, that counts.
Its what you're doing and how
you are doing it rather than how long you are doing it that breeds
results, he tells eDiets. Less is more, provided you workout
Schoenfeld says that by using improper
form when exercising, you not only work the wrong muscles, but you also set
yourself up for injury. He says that, on average, about 90 percent of us dont
train properly. Thats why we need to get educated when it comes to fitness.
Learn the proper way to do the exercises before venturing out to the gym or
working out at your home.
Here are four important rules to keep in
mind when youre working the glutes:
1. Be careful doing exercises like the
stiff-legged dead lifts, back kicks and similar variations, if you have
previously injured your back. The muscles of the lower back (spinal
erectors) are highly involved in the performance of these movements and can
receive excessive stress, especially when you use weights. If this is a
concern, you should employ unweighted versions of these movements that safely
stimulate the hamstrings and the glutes while simultaneously strengthening the
muscles of the lower back.
2. To apply proper stress to your
glutes, you must concentrate on contracting these muscles on every
repetition. Women generally have difficulty understanding how to contract
their glutes properly during exercise. If this is your concern, practice the
movement without weights until it becomes second nature.
3. An excellent way to increase the
muscle tone of the glutes is to supplement your training with butt squeezes
(isotension). This technique is both effective and extremely convenient.
You can perform them almost anywhere, including when you are on the couch
watching television, in line at the supermarket or in bed asleep. Simply
contract your glute muscles, hold the squeeze for as long as possible (aim for
30 seconds or more), then release. After you are comfortable with the
technique, try to do them in sets, counting each squeeze as one repetition.
Perform three sets of 15 reps several times a week, and youll soon have buns of
4. During open-chain hamstring exercises
(leg curls and their variations), you can shift emphasis to various muscles of
the hamstrings by varying your leg position. Turning your legs slightly
outward (external hip rotation) targets the biceps femoris, while turning your
legs slightly inward (internal hip rotation) works the semitendinosus and
semimembranosus to a greater degree. Be careful to stay within a comfortable
range. Excessive hip rotation, when combined with intense knee flexion, can
lead to a joint-related injury.
If youre flat-bottomed rather than
fat-bottomed and want to bulk up your booty, try 8 to 10 reps of the following
exercises. If you are concentrating on muscle tone and endurance, perform 15 to
20 reps of each set.
Stiff-Legged Dead Lift
Begin by standing with your feet
shoulder-width apart. Grasp a straight bar and let it hang in front of your
body. Keeping your knees straight, slowly bend forward at the hips and lower
the barbell until you feel an intense stretch in your hamstrings. Then reverse
direction, contracting your glutes as you rise upward to the start position.
Standing Leg Curl
Begin by attaching a cuff to a
low cable pulley and then securing the cuff to your right ankle. Position
yourself so that you are facing the weight stack, and grasp a sturdy portion of
the machine for support. Slowly flex your right knee, stopping just short of
touching your butt with your foot (go as far as comfortably possible). Contract
your right hamstrings, and then reverse direction, returning to the start
position. After performing the desired number of repetitions, repeat the
exercise with your left leg. At home, attach a strength band to a stationary
object and then fasten it to your ankle. Grab on to a stationary object and
perform the move as described.
Begin by lying down on your
left side. Bend your left leg at a 90-degree angle and bring your left foot to
rest underneath your right knee. Keeping your right leg straight, slowly raise
it as high as possible. Contract your glutes, and return to the start position.
After finishing the desired number of repetitions, turn over and repeat the
process with your left leg. For added intensity, attach leg weights to your