Today we’ve got a booty burn that will have your tush be perkier in no time. We are revisiting some tried and true moves that hold up after time. The first move for example as mentioned is right out of the Jane Fonda workouts. I do most of these moves in by barre class weekly and I promise you – I am always sore the next day. Truthfully, I have troubles walking down the stairs to get back to my car! So give these a try and let us know what you think!
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This side-kick exercise is great for working the deep glute muscles, which help give the butt a lifted look. It might feel like an old-school Jane Fonda move, but we’re still doing this classic exercise because it’s so dang effective.
- Start on all fours with hands underneath your shoulders and knees under your hips. Keeping the knee bent 90 degrees, lift the right leg until it is parallel to the floor.
- Keep the right thigh still as you straighten your right knee, kicking your leg out to the side. Don’t let the leg lower as you kick it.
- Bend the right knee back to 90 degrees, then lower the leg. This completes one rep.
- Do three sets of 20 reps per side.
Adding arm work to this glute- and inner thigh-toner makes this a time-saving full-body move.
- Stand with your feet shoulder-distance apart. Grasp a dumbbell in each hand or a medicine ball. Extend your arms down at your sides if you are holding dumbbells or hold the medicine ball in front of you with arms extended.
- Take a large step diagonally forward with your right foot, planting your foot at the 11 o’clock position. Sink down until your thighs form right angles. As you bend your knees, curl the dumbbells toward your upper arms or the medicine ball toward your chest.
- Extend your legs, lift your right knee and bring it in toward your chest, and lower your arms. Step back with your right leg, this time lunging behind your torso and stepping back to the 8 o’clock position. As you sink down into the reverse lunge, complete another bicep curl. This completes one rep. Complete your set, and then switch sides.
- A set equals 15-20 reps on each leg. Do two sets.
Feel the burn with this move — your butt and outer thighs will be feeling it in no time!
- Hold onto either end of your resistance band, and place the center of the band around the sole of your right foot. Then place your elbows and knees on the ground so your back is straight.
- Hold the band firmly, draw your belly in, and extend your right leg straight out behind you. Then draw your knee forward, but don’t let it touch the ground.
- Repeat for a total of 15-20 times. Then do this exercise with your left leg.
For a shapely backside, you actually need to tone the glutes on the sides of your pelvis too. These lateral walks strengthen those very muscles: the glute meds. Plus, strong glute meds help stabilize the pelvis, making this exercise great for runners.
- Place a resistance band just below your knees.
- Begin standing with feet directly underneath your hips, and squat about halfway down.
- Take a step sideways to the right as far as you can. To fully activate the muscle, be sure to step onto your heel, rather than your toes.
- Actively resist the pull of the exercise band as you bring your left leg slowly toward your right, returning to the starting position.
- Step to the right 20-30 times, then reverse directions stepping to the left 20-30 times; you really want to feel the muscle burn. Repeat for three sets.
Evolve your basic donkey kick into a full-body move. Working your glutes and hamstrings in an elbow plank will work your core. Toning your abs and your behind with one move is a win-win in my book.
- Begin in an elbow plank with elbows directly under shoulders, abs engaged toward the spine. Don’t let the pelvis sag down or pop up.
- Lift right leg off the ground, bending your knee so the sole of your foot is toward the ceiling. Keep pelvis square to the floor. Don’t let your pelvis twist.
- Press your right heel toward the ceiling as high as you can without moving your pelvis or low back. The motion will not be huge, but concentrated on the booty and hamstring.
- Lower the bent leg slightly, and repeat for a total of 10 repetitions. Then switch sides.
- Do two sets on each leg.
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