Exercise & Training

BUTT Wait ,Theres More! 40 Exercises for the Backside

little girl on beachWe are all born with the most amazing perky little compact bubble butts. I’m always baffled by how cute and bubbley little girl’s little tushes are. (And I secretly envy them.)

Once upon a time, I too had that cutie patootie. But, over time, that little perfect perky bottom went through a lot of changes over the years. It went through its fair share of ups and downs (literally!).

Without exercise and a healthy diet, our cute little rear can easily get bigger, flatter, wider and saggier if we don’t work on it.

If you are not pleased with your backside, then it’s time to get to work! But, before you do, here are 5 things you need to know before you do your first squat.

Before You Begin…

Bubble Butt1. Decrease Calories. As we age, we lose muscle and we gain fat. If you want to shape up, reduce your calories to reduce excess body fat. This will dramatically change the shape of your derriere.

2. Increase Protein. The bottom’s shape is not just dependent on losing body fat, but also gaining muscle mass. Strength training is what develops fit looking muscles and creates that bubble butt shape. This is where protein comes in. As we break down the muscle in the gym, protein is an essential part of rest, recovery and repair.  By boosting protein in your diet, you’ll boost your caboose.

3. Run Less. Running is always the go-to exericse for fat loss, but it also can make a flat butt even flatter. Since running doesn’t require a lot of muscle strength, you can actually lose precious muscle when you really want to lose body fat.  (Read my blog “Runner’s Beware: 4 Things You Need to Know“).

Instead of slow long runs, do more interval training. For instance, do a shorter walk/job cardio workout instead of a slow and steady run. Interval training burns more calories and more fat, while toning muscle.

4. Lift Like a Boy. Many girls avoid lifting heavy in fear of “bulking up”. However, most women don’t have the testerone needed for that kind of bulking. And, if you are the kind of woman who bulks up easily, think of it this way. If you have soccer legs to begin with, you’ll just have much fitter, more tone soccer legs after training. It’s your call. Do you want fat or PFAT?! 🙂

So, are you ready to start working that butt off? Here are my top 40 bootilicious exercises to add to your fitness library. Click on the exercise to view video demonstration.

40 Bubble Butt Exercises

  1. Bodyweight Bridgesbarbell-glute-bridge
  2. Single Leg Glute Bridge
  3. Weighted Glute Bridge on Floor 
  4. Weighted Glute Bridge on Bench
  5. Deadlifts
  6. Weighted Step Back Lunge (one leg at a time)
  7. SIde Lungelunge
  8. Lunge Kick
  9. Lunge Pass Throughs
  10. Plyo Lunge Jump 
  11. Walking Lunges
  12. Bulgarian Split Squat
  13. Curtsy
  14. Stomps
  15. Knee Repeater
  16. Donkey Kicks
  17. Step Ups (one leg at a time)
  18. Cook Hip LiftDeep Squat
  19. Straight Leg Deadlift
  20. Romanian Straight Leg Deadlift
  21. 1-Leg Straight Leg Deadlift with Dumbbells
  22. Straight Leg Cable (or resistance Band) Kickback
  23. Reistance Bank Kickback
  24. Barbell Squats
  25. 1-Leg Sit to Stand 
  26. Pistol Squats
  27. Plie Squat
  28. In and Out Squats
  29. Jump Squats
  30. Side Lying Leg Lifts (3-positions)
  31. Sumo SquatSquat
  32. Air Squats
  33. Lateral Band Walk
  34. Single Leg Press
  35. Bench Flutter Kicks
  36. Skater
  37. Mary Catherines
  38. Ball LCurl
  39. Clam
  40. Reistance Bank Kickback

Try This!

Steve demonstrates how to do his 3-position leg lifts for some gluteal bliss.

What is YOUR favorite glute exercise?

Owner of Lift Vero and motivational "pfitness, pfood and pfaith" blogger in Vero Beach, Florida.


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