10 Easy Moves That Tone Your Butt Far Better Than Squats

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Well, nothing beats a perfectly toned butt and a lot of people do squats to the extreme to get results. But they aren’t that easy for everyone to do. Besides, there are so many other exercises that can give you toned glutes without all the hard work.

Here at Bright Side, we dedicate ourselves to making things easier for you. That’s why we’ve collected a set of exercises to give you your desired butt.

1. The Bridge Up

Steps:

  1. Lay on your back.
  2. Bend both knees while keeping your hands parallel to your body and flat on the floor, and make sure your feet have a tight grip on the floor.
  3. Raise your hips while squeezing your buttocks toward the ceiling, make sure your hands stay flat on the floor.
  4. Slowly bring your hips back to the floor returning to the starting position.
  5. Repeat the exercise as many times as you can.

The main movement of this exercise is to lift the back so that you can get results with your core and thighs while strengthening your lower body. You not only work your glutes, but by pushing your hips toward the ceiling, you work on your hips and thighs. During the same movement, your rib cage is pushed to the front of your body and your spine takes some load too. It’s an overall exercise for some major parts of the body.

2. The Bridge Up, with leg lifts

Steps:

  1. Lay on your back.
  2. Bend both knees while keeping your hands parallel to your body and flat on the floor, and make sure your feet have a tight grip on the floor.
  3. Raise one leg perpendicular to your body and follow the Bridge Up movement.
  4. Make sure you take turns using both the legs.
  5. It’s a little harder than the first exercise, but it’s worth it.

The Bridge Up with a lifted leg has the same benefits as the previous exercise. The difference happens when you lift the leg, which makes the exercise focus entirely on your core, hips, and hamstrings. Apart from that, this exercise encourages balance in the body.

3. Single Leg Squat

Steps:

  1. Sit on a chair.
  2. Keep both the legs straight and in front of you.
  3. Raise your hip from the chair using just one leg and make sure you keep the other leg straight and not touching the floor.
  4. Stand all the way up and make sure your other leg is straight and not moving.
  5. When you’re all up, pause, and slowly sit back down in the chair.
  6. Repeat on both legs one by one, doing 2 sets of 10 reps.

The single leg squat improves lower body strength and affects related muscle groups like your core, hips, and hamstrings. Using one leg can be pretty hard which is why we’re using the chair here, but as you get into the practice try doing it without the chair. It improves your core stability and if you’re an athlete, it improves the muscles that help you with running and leg movements.

4. Curtsy Kick

Steps:

  1. Stand up using hand weights held up at shoulder height.
  2. Step your left leg diagonally behind your right leg, bend your knees, make sure the back knee doesn’t touch the floor, and that the hips are parallel to the floor.
  3. Keep your body straight, and your hips and abs tight during the movement.
  4. Return to the starting position using the left heel and while coming back to the position make sure you sweep the floor with the pointed left leg in the same line as the right leg.
  5. Repeat this movement doing 2 sets of 10 reps on both legs.
  6. If you’re a beginner or you feel like it’s too hard please do it without the weights, like in the image.

The cross-section of the leg followed by the half squat and the kick helps to shape the glutes. Not only that, but when you’re doing the exercise make sure the movement is comfortable for you. Give it 2 or 3 tries to find the perfect, most comfortable position and movement, and then follow it during the reps.

5. Single Leg Dead Lift

Steps:

  1. Stand straight with dumbbells in both hands.
  2. Move all of your body weight to your right leg while pulling the left one back as high as you can.
  3. Make sure your left leg is straight while going up.
  4. The left leg should be at a height so that your upper body and left leg are parallel to the floor.
  5. Repeat the process with both legs doing 2 sets of 10 reps.

This exercise is done by runners and athletes, and the idea is to strengthen the core and lower body. Using the proper weights increases your resistance and endurance. This exercise is known to activate the hamstrings and quadriceps.

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