Step to the side for a butt that defies gravity
Sadly you can’t choose which body parts you’re going to lose weight from, but you can choose the bits you want to sculpt by using targeted strength training moves. The lateral lunge is a great exercise for strengthening your glutes (butt muscles) and getting more lift in your leggings. What’s more, it gets you moving sideways, which improves your proprioception – awareness of your body in space.
Check out Women’s Health’s FitGIF Friday every week for fun and challenging new moves to make your sweat sesh really count. Here’s this week’s exercise:
The key to mastering this butt-lifting move is to focus on the leg you’re leading with. Be sure to take a big step and sink down low to make sure you activate those glutes. Your other leg can remain neutral – don’t try to stretch it in the movement. It’s the bent leg that should be doing the work.
Start standing tall, with feet shoulder width apart and hands on your hips or at your sides. Take a big step out to the side and, as your foot hits the floor, sit your hips back to sink into a lunge. Pause, then push back to start. Repeat on the other leg. Be sure to go low enough that you feel your glutes firing.
Too easy? Hold dumbbells in your hands.
Keep your torso upright throughout. Keep your weight back so that your front knee doesn’t pass beyond your toes, which will put strain on your knee. Warm up with leg swings and circles before doing the move.
Looking for more #FitGIF Friday butt-lifting moves? Tone your legs and your booty with the reverse lunge.