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How to Get Your Best Butt Ever

Want the best backside you have ever had? This butt workout, which tightens and tones the booty from all angles, will get your glutes in gear. (Trust us: You’ll see a difference.) Do the circuit two to three times a week. Make sure to engage your abdominals and squeeze your glutes during each move.

Perform 15 reps of each exercise (right leg first, left leg second) for 2 rounds.

Curtsy lunges: Stand with your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart, toes pointed forward. Take a step back with your right leg and cross it behind your left leg, as if you are doing a curtsy. Squat straight down so your right knee nearly touches the ground. Return to a stand, keeping your right leg crossed behind your left. Perform 15 reps. Switch to the left leg and repeat for 15 reps.

Walking lunges: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your hands on your hips. Take a step forward with your right leg and drop down into a lunge. Your left knee should almost touch the ground. Push back up, bring your left foot through and take another step forward. Drop down into a lunge. Repeat.

Donkey kicks: Get on your hands and knees, with you knees directly under your hips and your wrists directly under your shoulders. Engage your abdominals and try not to arch your back. Keeping your left leg bent at a 90-degree angle, lift it until the leg is in line with your hip. Lower back down to the starting position. Perform 15 reps. Switch to the left leg and repeat for 15 reps.

Split squats: Stand facing away from a bench. Place the top of your right foot on the bench with your knee bent and position your left leg as if you are about to do a lunge. Bend your left knee and lower down slowly. Return to the starting position. Perform 15 reps. Switch to the left leg and repeat for 15 reps.

Squats with side kicks: Stand with feet shoulder width apart, toes pointed forward. Squat down until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Press back up. At the top of the squat, kick to the side with your right leg. Return to the starting position. Perform 15 reps. Switch to the left leg and repeat for 15 reps.

Hydrants with leg extensions: Get on your hands and knees, with you knees directly under your hips and your wrists directly under your shoulders. Engage your abdominals and try not to arch your back. Keeping your right leg bent at a 90-degree angle, lift it out to the side until it is level with your hips. Hold for a beat, extend the leg to the side, bring it back in and return to the starting position. Perform 15 reps. Switch to the left leg and repeat for 15 reps.

Back lunges to front kicks: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your hands on your hips. Take a step back with your right leg and drop down into a lunge. Your right knee should almost touch the ground. Push back up, bring your right foot through and kick forward. Return to the starting position. Perform 15 reps. Switch to the left leg and repeat for 15 reps.

As always, check with your health care professional before starting a new workout.

Photo: Charlotte Jenks Lewis
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