Let’s be honest – squats can be rather boring and unenjoyable. Or they can activate a long forgotten knee pain right when you least need it. So is there a better way to tone your glutes and get a firm, round butt? Of course there is. You don’t have to rely on squats to achieve a tight bottom and strong legs.
In this article we’ll show you the shorter route to a firm booty consisting of 5 great butt moves with far superior results than the plain old squat!
1. Single-Leg Deadlift With Kettlebell
Take a 20-pound kettlebell in your left hand and stand on your left leg, keeping the other one slightly off the ground. Keeping your back straight and the left knee slightly bent, lean your upper body forward while extending your free leg behind you for better balance. Lower the kettlebell as close to the ground as possible, then return to the starting position and perform the movement with the kettlebell in your right hand and the left leg off the ground. Perform 3 sets of 15 reps on each leg.
2. Curtsy Lunges
You should start with your feet shoulder-width apart and your hands on your hips. Then cross your left leg behind you and step backward as you lower your right knee toward the floor. Make a pause, press into your left heel as you stand and extend your right leg into a side kick. Do it for 60 seconds before you switch your legs. Repeat 10 times.
3. Fire hydrants with leg extension
Here’s how to perform hydrants exercises with leg extentions:
Begin on all fours with your knees hip-width apart. This is the starting position. Lift your left knee on your left side, then extend the left foot straight out to the side. Pause for 2 seconds before you bend your knee again, and bring your leg back to starting position.
For this movement, you’ll need to place a bench or a chair in front of you. Place your right foot in the center of the chair, while holding a barbell behind your head with both hands. Step up onto the bench and bring your left knee forward. Lower yourself back down and repeat with the other leg. Perform 3 sets of 20 reps on each leg.
5. Bear Plank Leg Lifts
Here’s how to perform bear plank leg lifts:
Begin in a plank position with your shoulders stacked above your wrists. Bend both knees slightly, and then bend your right knee to 90 degrees. This is the starting position. With a flexed foot, squeeze your glutes, and raise your right heel up toward the ceiling as high as you can. Pause for 2 seconds, then bring your right knee back to the starting position.
These five exercises are all you need to effectively target the glutes and boost your backside aesthetics. Forget about squats and perform these moves every day and we guarantee that you’ll be sporting a nicely toned tush in virtually no time!