These days it's all about the booty, so as women, we are all very concerned with keeping ours tight, toned, and taut. But not all of us were blessed with a naturally curvy backside. So what can we do about it? There are tons of moves out there aimed at tightening up your glutes and building muscles to round out your bottom and make it more shapely. Here are 10 of our favorite simple tush-toning exercises.
1. Weighted Squats
You don't have to go quite as heavy as the badass pictured above, but weight squats are an effective way to tighten and tone.
2. Ball Wall Squats
Yes indeed, more squatting! This variation utilizes an exercise ball up against a wall or flat surface.
3. Straight Leg Inversion
Getting yourself up into a shoulder stand inversion forces you to keep all of the muscles in your core, booty, and legs tight and working hard. You can choose to keep your legs straight in the air, or for advanced yogis, try what she's doing!
4. Side Plank Leg Lifts
Image: Back on Pointe
Assume the low side plank position, resting on your elbow and knee, and kick up with your straight, top leg. After 20 on the first side, switch sides.
5. Chair Leg Lifts
Yes, we know this is the Nicki Minaj "Anaconda" video, but Nicki was actually onto something with this sitting leg lift.
6. Double Leg Raise
This one's actually a lot tougher than it looks so if you have to place your hands under your lower back for support we understand. You an also choose to only bring your legs halfway to the ground, just keep your legs as straight as you can.
7. Low Pulses With Medi-Ball
Stay in a low squat position, and do little pulses with the weighted ball above your head. If that is too much for you, move ball to out in front of you, or drop the ball all-together.
8. Doggy Leg Lifts
See why we call them doggy leg lifts?!
9. Standing Leg Kickback
Do about 30 on one side before you switch legs, you'll really feel this one in your glutes the next morning.
10. Dead Lift
This one takes a bit of balance practice, but we know you'll have it in no time!This post was originally published on Laila Ali Lifestyle