Nothing goes better with your new summer suit than a sculpted booty, and we’re showing you exactly how to get it! The key to lifting, toning and shaping your tush is all about completing targeted butt exercises two to three times a week. Today we’re showing you five of the best moves for a beautiful backside.
And if you need more incentive to work that rear, know that these moves burn tons of calories, too! That's because working your lower body muscles — like your legs and butt — uses more energy to help shed fat from head-to-toe. Follow our workout below and you’ll be ready in no time to turn heads this summer!
Below are more detailed descriptions of each move:
1. Kettlebell squat
This exercise sculpts the back of your thighs while lifting and toning the butt. You’ll also target your shoulders and biceps!
Hold a kettlebell or 15-pound dumbbell in front of you with your feet wider than hip-width. Squat down and back (think about sitting in an imaginary chair behind you) and touch elbows to knees.
Try to get your thighs parallel to the ground and drive your weight into your heels. Come up to a standing position as you raise the weight up and overhead. Repeat 15 times.
2. Bent leg kickback
This exercise lifts the lower booty and tones thighs!
Begin in table top position on your knees with forearms down. Engage those glutes as you lift your right leg straight back and up to the sky, foot flexed.
Lower back down with control and repeat 20 times. Switch sides.
3. Weighted donkey kicks
This exercise lifts your backside like nothing else!
Begin in a table top position with knees on the ground and hands directly below your shoulders. Cradle a five pound weight behind your right knee, keeping leg in a 90-degree angle as you lift straight up.
Think about stamping your foot to the sky as you lift. Complete 10 reps and switch sides. You can also complete this move without the weight, if it feels too difficult.
4. One-legged bridge
This exercise shapes the booty and tones your thighs!
Begin in a bridge position with your back on the mat and legs bent at 90 degrees. Place a two to five pound dumbbell above your left thigh and lift left that leg straight up.
Lift your booty by pushing up on your right heel as you keep opposite leg in the air. Repeat 10 times and switch sides.
5. Mini band knee openers
This exercise tightens your outer booty and outer thigh. You’ll really feel the burn!
Place the mini resistance band above your knees (this move can also be done without the resistance band).
Lay on your right side, knees bent back, feet together, with your body resting on that right elbow. Keep your feet touching as you lift that top knee up and back. Lower and repeat 20 reps. Switch sides.
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Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott are the founders of Tone It Up — a fitness and lifestyle brand. They are certified personal trainers, nutritional coaches, and best friends. Karena and Katrina have taken the world by storm with their fun, quirky and energetic approach to fitness and have built a vibrant community based around friendship, accountability, motivation, and inspiration.
This article originally appeared in May 2016.