Squats have their place, but if you want to fine-tune your butt, you need to add more derriere-defining exercises to your routine.
Squats have their place, but if you want to fine-tune your butt, you need to add more derriere-defining exercises to your routine. Try these moves celebrities swear by for tightening backsides without bulking up legs.
This is the go-to move Gwyneth Paltrow
uses to keep her backside perky and in shape, says trainer Stacey McDermott, who works with Tracy Anderson. In addition, "this move is engaging everything: your arms are very much involved, your total body is working to keep that position correct," says Stacey.
- Start on all fours on your mat. Take your right leg and fold it over so your ankle is resting on your left thigh. Press back into Downward Dog.
- Lower back down to the floor so your knees touch your mat briefly. Keep your elbows straight.
- Raise back up slightly so you are in a Plank position, making sure your hips aren't raised too high. Stretch your right leg out to the side, lifting it up high and pointing your toes to the ceiling.
- Fold right leg back in and lower back down so knees slightly touch your mat. This completes one rep. Repeat 30 to 40 times, then switch legs.
For more moves that helped reshape Gwyneth's butt, check out our video of Tracy Anderson's butt exercises.
Reverse Crossover Lunges
This move tones problem areas on your lower body, says celebrity trainer David Kirsch, who helped shape up Heidi Klum
post-pregnancy. "It's going to work the outer thighs, perfect for pear-shaped women that need tightening and reducing of the hips. It's also going to work on your butt," he says. You can hold a medicine ball as shown or do bicep curls with a pair of dumbbells to make this a total-body toner.
- Stand with your feet shoulders-distance apart.
- Step back with your right leg, this time lunging behind your torso and stepping back behind and to the side of your left leg. Raise back up. Repeat 15 to 20 times each leg
Watch our David Kirsch butt-toning video for how to do the reverse crossover lunge and more. Keep reading for two more exercises.