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!
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.
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.
Hydrants with Leg Extension
Begin on all fours with your knees hip-width apart and your wrists stacked over your shoulders. Then lift your left knee toward the ceiling, and extend your left foot straight out to the side. Repeat this 10 times.
Bear plank leg lifts
While in plank position, put the shoulders above your wrists and bend the knees slightly and the left knee to 90 degrees. Next, you should squeeze the glutes and raise the right heel towards the ceiling. Take a short break and then go back to the starting position and repeat the same with the other leg. Do 5 repetitions and 2 sets.
Stepping up onto a chair is very effective move.
– Stand in front of a chair and put your left foot in the center of the seat
– Then Step up onto the chair and bring your right knee forward and up
– You should lower yourself back to the floor
– Repeat it 20 times.