Everyone wants a nice toned tush, but not everyone knows the best way to get one. The majority of people think squats are the best way to get their dream butt, but this just simply isn’t true. Let’s face it, squats are awful, they get boring after about 10. Not everyone is even able to do squats, for example, those of us with bad knees. There is so much more you can do to get that better butt without ever doing a single squat. Included in this article are 9 exercises to get that better butt, that work better than squats.
9 Butt Exercises That Are Better Than Squats
1. Single leg glute bridge
In this exercise, you start by lying on your back, knees bent, feet close to your butt. Straighten one leg, and squeezing those glutes, lift your hips and butt off the floor. Lower your butt until it’s hovering over the floor, and repeat without touching the ground. Make sure to switch legs!
2. Hydrant with leg extension
Begin with the hands and knees on the floor and then lift one leg, still bent, toward the ceiling. Straighten it and then pause. Bend the knee and go back to primary position. Repeat the same movement for 60 seconds and then do the same with the other leg.
Put the both the legs and arms on the floor. Hold the core tight and lift one leg up behind you and cross it over the leg still on the floor. Let the foot down and tap with it on the ground, lift back up to the primary position, and lower it to tap the ground once more. Repeat it for 60 seconds before you switch legs.
4. Curtsy lunges
Stand with the feet hip-width apart and the hands on the hips. Then, lift one leg out to the side and then cross it behind you and bend the other knee so that the knee of the extended leg touches the ground. The knee needs to be straightened and the leg lifted back out to the side. Do the exercise for a minute and then switch sides.
5. Heel lifted squat
Stand with your feet hip-width apart, one heel lifted. Keeping your core tight and your movements controlled, push your hips back and lower your tush toward the floor. Keep the standing knee from extending over your toes. Press into your heel and return to starting position. Repeat for 1 minute before switching heels.
6. Bear plank leg lifts
Start in a plank position, both knees slightly bent. Bend one knee to a 90-degree angle, flex your foot, and kick that leg up towards the ceiling as high as you can go. Pause and lower leg. Repeat for 1 minute before switching legs.
7. Single leg dead lift
With the feet hip-width apart and the right foot a couple of inches in front of your left, slightly bent the left knee and tighten the core and fold forward slowly, with the left foot in line with the spine. Next, touch the floor with both hands and then go back to standing. Repeat it for one minute before you switch sides.
8. Sumo squats to calf raise
With the feet twice hip-width apart and the hands on the hips and the toes pointed outward, hold the core tight and lower the hips until the thighs are parallel to the ground. Next, raise both heels off the floor. Lower the heels and raise the hips back up. Repeat it.
9. Squat to sumo
Start standing with feet hip-width apart, hands on your hips, toes forward. Keeping your core tight, sink back into a squat. Press into your heels and pulse slightly as you turn your toes and knees outward to about a 45-degree angle, then back to starting position.
Those are considered to be the 9 best butt exercises that are better than regular squats. Some of us, like myself, may prefer a routine that doesn’t include squats in any variation. I would replace the squats with another exercise such as the single leg forward reach, the superman, or the standing booty kick. All of which are exercises that work your butt, but are easy on the knees. For those looking for a new booty workout, with maybe just a variation on the average squat. This is a great routine, guaranteed to whip that butt into shape.
Here is a helpful video to aid in doing the exercises properly: