Ladies I think it is safe to say the body part that drives many of you crazy is the backside..
Today, you will be provided with a program that will allow you to look marvelous in your favorite jeans. The question I get the most regarding the butt is “how do I lift my butt?” so that is where we shall begin. The two muscles we will discuss are the gluteus maximus and the hamstrings.
Gluteus maximus– Forms most of the buttocks. It extends, spreads and turns out the upper leg.
Hamstrings– Any of the three muscles located behind the leg, which flex the knee adduct the leg and extend the thigh.
First of all we have to” turn on” your butt(use it during daily activities) before we can lift it up. The problem is, our hamstrings do all the work, so we don’t use our butt. Everything we do, walk, run, climb stairs, picking up all recruit the hamstrings first. Our hips and glutes are both used to extend the hips. We tend to use our hamstrings as our primary hip extenders. This is why butts are flat or sagging. Before we start exercising our glutes there are a few guidelines to follow that will “turn on” your butt.
- Be aware of your gluteus- whenever you walk, climb stairs, CONCENTRATE on using your glutes; squeeze your butt as you extend your hip.
- When you get up from your seat, do not rock forward. Keep your chest up, rise from the hips and squeeze your glutes.
3. When you pick something up. Drop your hips, bend our knees rise up while squeezing your glutes.
The bad news is, you have to break habits you’ve used most of your adult life. The good news is once you learn these new habits the working out will come easier, you’ll get quicker results, and you will achieve your goals. The following is an exercise program designed to lift the butt.
COMPLETE 3 SETS OF 8-10 REPS
1. Start by lying face down with your legs straight.
2. Slowly raise one leg keeping it straight using just your glute muscles.
3. Return to the starting position and repeat for the desired repetitions. Repeat with the other leg.
1. Begin by lying on your back, knees bent, and feet on the floor. Extend your arms out to steady yourself.
2. Squeeze buttocks and raise your hips and lower back off the floor to form a straight line from your knees to your chest. Do not arch your back.
3. Hold for 5-10 seconds and slowly return to starting position. Relax for 5 seconds.
4. Repeat for required number of repetitions.
1. Grasp DB’s and let arms hang down at sides.
2. Start position: Stand with feet slightly wider than hip width apart. Knees should be slightly bent.
3. Lower body by flexing at the hips and knees. Upper body can flex forward at the hips slightly (~5°) during movement. Be sure to “sit back” so that knees stay over the feet.
4. Once thighs are parallel to floor, return to start position.
5. Remember to keep head and back straight in a neutral position – hyperextension or flexing may cause injury. Keep weight over the middle of foot and heel, not the toes.
6. DO NOT allow knees to go past the big toe or deviate laterally or medially throughout movement. Keep abdominals tight throughout exercise by drawing stomach in toward spine.
1. Start position: Stand with feet hip width apart. Grasp DB’s hang arms down at sides.
2. Step forward 2-3 feet forming a 90° bend at the front hip and knee. DO NOT allow front knee to extend past the big toe – may cause injury.
3. Pushing off front foot, return to start position. Continue with same leg or alternate as prescribed.
4. Remember to keep head and back upright in a neutral position. Shoulders and hips should remain squared at all times.
5. Watch for proper knee alignment – do not let front knee extend past big toe or deviate laterally or medially. Back knee should not come in contact with floor.
Supine hip extension with toning bar
1. Lie on your back on the ball so that the ball is under your upper back.
2. Place a toning bar over your abdomen and drop your hips towards the floor.
3. Once you have almost touched the floor extend your hips straight up toward the ceiling and squeeze your glutes.
4. Return to the starting position and repeat.
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