Try These Incredibly Powerful Exercises for Slim and Shapely Glutes

Do you long for strong glutes that will turn heads wherever you go- or do you simply think your rear view could do better with a makeover?  While I admit that we all have different body types and genes, I believe embracing the right fitness routine can help anyone shape up and look better in their favorite pair of jeans. Irrespective of what your body type might be, here are 4 kick ass workouts that will you get your butt back into envious shape in quick time. Simply put, they work for everyone!

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1. Walk, Run or Climb to Work Those Glutes

 

I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again- we all have different butt shapes and the shape of our butt is determined by a group of muscles called as the glutes and the fat that lies over them. For a firmer and shapely butt, include strength training exercises such as walking, running or climbing. These exercises help strengthen your glutes while effectively getting rid of any extra fat sitting above them. Thus, including as little as a half-an hour session will leave you with a tighter and more rounded rear-view.

2. Squat and Tone

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There’s good reason why this exercise tops every butt-sculpting workout and is as popular as it is. It works by directly targeting the glutes, helping you build stronger bottom muscles with every set of squats you do.

  1. Start by standing with your feet parallel to each other, shoulder-wide apart.
  2. Now, taking a deep breath, gradually lower your hips as if you were going to sit on a chair.
  3. Hold this position for a minute or as long as you can.
  4. Hold your upper body upright and your back straight as you hold this position.
  5. Return to the standing position, making sure your knees do not jerk in front of your toes.
  6. Exhale and repeat the exercise 12 times.
  7. You can also include hand-help weights to increase the intensity of this exercise.

3. Try a Forward Lunge

 

In addition to stretching your butt into shape, the forward lunge is great for burning fat as well as toning the thighs and calves.

 

  1. Start by standing with your feet parallel to each other, hip-wide apart. Take a giant step forward with your right leg.
  2. Now, taking a deep breath, gradually lower your body, bending both knees while you do so.
  3. Position your right knee right over your left ankle, bending it no more than 90 degrees.
  4. Hold this position for a minute or as long as you can.
  5. Return to the standing position, making sure your knees do not jerk in front of your toes.
  6. Exhale and repeat the exercise on the other side.
  7. Repeat the exercises 12 times in each leg.

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4. Or Do the Exact Opposite and Try a Backward Lunge

 

Going against your natural movement, the backward lunge actually works the glutes a little harder than the forward lunge. In addition to strengthening your butt and tightening your things and calves, a backward lunge helps toughen the back and hip muscles too.

  1. Start by standing with your feet parallel to each other, hip-wide apart. Take a giant step backward with your right leg. As this goes against your natural movement, make sure you take a minute to center your balance.
  2. Now, taking a deep breath, gradually lower your body, bending both knees while you do so.
  3. Hold this position for a minute or as long as you can.
  4. Return to the standing position, making sure your knees do not jerk in front of your toes.
  5. Exhale and repeat the exercise on the other side.
  6. Repeat the exercises 12 times in each leg.