Happy 2017 everyone, it’s time to get back on track. Maybe some of you overdid it with the partying, the drinking and the overeating during the holiday season, and maybe some of you have been overdoing it consecutively for the past few holiday seasons and its all catching up to you. Don’t worry, I got you.
We are going to get you looking fabulous for 2017 and what better way than to start with the butt.
I would like to share with you my top 3 picks for achieving a flattering behind. I have also included videos on each exercise so you know the correct form. I chose these exercises after trying everyone out personally. I took into consideration which ones were easiest for me to execute because sometimes these exercise gurus forget that the people easing into a healthier lifestyle are not always fit – that’s why we’re working out.
Muscles targeted: Glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, and the muscles that make up the calves (pretty much your whole lower body)
I don’t care what anyone says. This is tried and true and has worked very well for me – especially after having a baby and wanting to get back my butt which somehow disappeared.
The classic squats are always good, but if you want to shake things up a bit, you could add weights – but don’t go over 5 pounds especially if you are a beginner. No weights? No problem. Rummage through your closets and cabinets and use soup cans, dish soap containers or detergent bottles. The possibilities are endless when you’re creative. After doing squats, I noticed an improvement with my butt as well as my thighs.
2. Kickbacks or Donkey Kicks
Muscles targeted: Glutes and hamstrings
I love doing these. Not only did they help tone my glutes, I also noticed a difference in my lower abs or that skirt region that kinda hangs after having a baby – yeah, you know what I mean. These are very simple to do and the best part is that you don’t need to do too many of them to see results. The only slight drawback is that it could be a bit hard on your knees, but the easiest fix is to do this workout on very thick carpet or slip a folded towel under your knees for extra support. You could also buy an exercise matt but I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary.
Muscles targeted: Glutes, hamstrings, and thighs
I’m going to be honest, out of these three exercises, I found lunges to be the hardest – especially maintaining my balance. When I started doing these, I felt it in thighs and that region just below my butt right away. You may think to yourself why should I do lunges? If you have the same problem I do -very thick legs and thighs – I found this exercise to help tone that area so your butt looks even more amazing. These took me a while to get the hang of it – but it was definitely worth it.
Consistency is key to all of these exercises. From my personal experience, doing many sets and reps is definitely not necessary. If you don’t have a history of being active, no problem. You can do these exercises along with others for 10 to 15 minutes every other day. The most important thing to remember is not to get lazy and skip days. Keep on it and you’ll see results in 6 to 8 weeks. If you ever get tired of doing one type of exercise, switch it up. That’s the best way to ensure you keep losing and keep interested.