exercise

Firm your buttocks with these top butt exercises

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 by: Sarka-Jonae Miller
Tags: glute exercises, improved posture, strong back

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public
10 other companies that use the same Subway yoga mat chemical in their buns
High-dose vitamin C injections shown to annihilate cancer
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
Ben and Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women
Elliot Rodger, like nearly all young killers, was taking psychiatric drugs (Xanax)
Cannabis kicks Lyme disease to the curb
Harvard research links fluoridated water to ADHD, mental disorders
Right to farm being stripped from Americans: Michigan to criminalize small family farms with chickens, goats, honey bees and more
Monsanto's seed imperialism halted in Canada thanks to massive protests
Delicious
(NaturalNews) Although everyone likes to walk out of a room knowing anyone watching them will see a tight derriere, strong buttock muscles are actually important to your health. Toning exercises for the glutes give you a nice butt, but they also help to improve your balance, ease of movement, and endurance. The glutes work together with the core muscles to support your spine; strong glutes may even help prevent or reduce back pain.

You may perform the following butt exercises in a gym or at home, making it easy to get a toned rear end regardless of your schedule or workout preferences. Also, you can modify the exercises to your fitness level so that you don't risk injury.

Stiff-leg deadlifts

Stiff-leg deadlifts are a classic glute exercise. Typically, you perform this exercise with a barbell, but you can hold a pair of dumbbells or kettlebells instead. This exercise also strengthens your lower back as you use your muscles to stabilize your spine during the lifting.

To begin this exercise, stand in front of a barbell and step your feet hip-width apart. Hinge forward from the waist. Do not stick your butt out or round your back. Grasp the barbell with your hands shoulder-width apart. Generally, people position their hands with their palms facing their feet, but you could also use an alternating hand grip with one palm facing your feet and the other facing away from you.

Next, tighten your abdominal muscles and stand up with a flat back. Keep your arms straight and relaxed. Your arms only hold the barbell; do not lift with your arms. Bend forward and lower the barbell toward the floor again, at least as low as your knees. This completes one stiff-leg deadlift.

Use a weight that allows you to perform 10 to 15 reps with perfect exercise form. As you get stronger, you can increase the weight limit.

Single-leg bridges

Single-leg bridges are a bodyweight exercise you can do anywhere. It is a simple but challenging exercise that comes with a significant benefit: it targets one glute at a time. It is possible for one glute to work harder than the other during regular glute exercises, but with a single-leg exercise you eliminate that option.

Lie on your back with your knees bent to prepare for the exercise. Slide your right foot on the floor until it is directly beneath your knee. Lift your left foot an inch off the floor and relax your arms, palms down, at your sides.

Squeeze your right glute and press through your heel as you lift your body toward the ceiling. Keep lifting until only your arms, shoulders, and head are on the floor. Slowly lower back to the floor to complete one bridge. Do up to 10 reps, and then switch sides. Do not attempt to do more bridges than you can correctly.

If you want to make the exercise harder, extend your leg parallel to the ground instead of holding the foot inches off the floor. If the single-leg exercise is too difficult with your non-lifting leg in either position, place both feet next to each other on the floor and do regular glute bridges.

Weighted lying hip abductions

The glutes include not only the large gluteus maximus muscle that defines the shape of the butt, this muscle group also includes the abductor muscles on the top and side portion of the buttocks. You can target the abductors with the side-lying hip abductions exercise. The weighted lying hip abductions exercise allows you to adjust the difficulty of the exercise by changing the amount of weight.

To do this exercise, lie on your right side with your legs straight. Hold a dumbbell in your left hand and rest your left arm on your side. Raise your left leg toward the ceiling, using your glutes to lift the weight and not your left arm. Bring your leg back down to complete one lying hip abduction. Perform eight to 12 reps and then switch sides.

These three butt exercises work the muscles in a different way to give you a complete glute program. However, it is important that you continue to challenge yourself by increasing the exercise difficulty and incorporating other exercises into your overall routine. Try walking stairs, running or walking hills, and squats to give your glutes variety, and to burn calories.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.acefitness.org

http://exrx.net/WeightExercises/GluteusMaximus/BBStiffLegDeadlift.html

http://exrx.net/WeightExercises/HipAbductor/DBLyingHipAbduction.html

About the author:
Sarka-Jonae Miller is a published novelist and MARSocial Author of the Year runner-up. She's also a former personal trainer and massage therapist. SJ's published work includes the #3 bestseller "Between Boyfriends" and the just released sequel"Between the Sheets". The chick lit series was recently featured in the San Diego Reader, the largest alternative newsweekly in the United States.

SJ is also a Romance Novel writer for Sulia.com. She has a journalism degree from Syracuse University. Get more health and wellness tips on Sarka's Natural Healing Tips blog,
Facebook page, or Twitter.

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.