Bikini Butt Workout

Brazilian Butt Workout

Circuit 1: Warmup/Abs

  1. Overhead dumbbell or cable side bend (low weight) (20 each side)

side bend (If using a cable, hold the handle above your head and bend sideways, using your obliques)

2. Cable crunches (30)

cable crunch

3. Lying heel touch (20 each side)

heel touch

Rest 45 seconds. Repeat 3x total.

Circuit 2:

1. Wide stance sumo squat (15)

Variation 1: With barbell:

wide stance

Or Variation 2: With kettleball or dumbbell (heavier weight):

wide stance2

2. Single leg deadlift (15 each side) (10-15lb dumbbells)

single leg deadlift

3. Weighted split squats (15 each side) (Use a Smith machine for better balance. Make sure your front leg and glute muscle are the only ones working.)

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4. Jumping jacks (100).

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Rest 45 seconds. Repeat 3x total.

Circuit 3:

  1. Step up + leg lift (15 each side. Use 10-15 lb dumbbells or a 20 lb barbell if you can. Unlike the picture, make sure you lift that back leg parallel to the floor.)

step up leg lift

2. Lying hamstring curl (12. Use the heaviest weight you can do 12 of.)

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Or if you don’t have that machine, hamstring stability ball curls are also good! (Do 20)

lying ball

3. Hip extension with weight in knee (20 each side)

donkey kick

Follow the picture above, but hold 5lb dumbbell behind knee as shown below:

donkey kick weight

4. Squat jumps (40)

(You can use your arms for momentum, or keep them wherever feels comfortable for you. Aim to get really low and achieve maximum air for these!)

squat jumps

Rest 45 seconds. Repeat 3x total.

Cool down! Make sure you stretch and walk those muscles out so you’re not too sore the next day.

Great job! This is one of the days that I recommend a pre-workout, or some coffee beforehand, along with a solid meal of carbs and proteins an hour before the workout.

Tips:

When I first started doing a program that involved not using machines 100% of the time, I felt kind of awkward at the gym, and sometimes I would skip exercises that I felt would be too weird to do with everyone there. DON’T DO THAT. As soon as I got the guts to just do it and ignore everyone else, I noticed much better results in my fitness level, as well as more confidence in the gym! People at the gym come up to me all the time now and say I look like I really know what I’m doing, or they ask for suggestions for new exercises that they can do too. Usually the weird, conspicuous exercises are the ones that work the best! So don’t be afraid to make a little corner of the gym yours, put everything you need for one circuit there, and just do your thing.

My Top 10 Thigh-Slimming Exercises

glutes hamstrings quads exercises

One of the biggest things I’ve learned the past few months is the importance of incorporating plyometric movements into your leg workouts. These consist of all the different exercises you can do with your body weight that will get your heart rate up quickly. Plyometrics burn fat faster and build lean muscle more efficiently than weight-lifting alone, especially if you’re looking to “slim” and “tone” rather than “bulk.”

So here are my top 10 favorite, tried-and-true, and proven thigh-slimming exercises! You can use these as a circuit. Do each set one after another without a break, then pause for 30 seconds, and repeat the circuit 2 more times.

1. Curtsy lunge (15 ea. leg) (skip to 1:16 for demonstration)

curtsy lunge

2. Box frog jumps (10) (skip to 0:25 for demonstration)

box-jump

3. Bodyweight squat, feet together (20)

bodyweight squat

4. Russian hops (15 ea leg) (skip to 2:18 for demonstration)

split-jumps (Keep hands in front of you if that’s more comfortable. Hold the lunge position for one second before switching.)

5. Lateral side lunge (15 ea leg) (skip to 0:27 for demonstration)

lateral lunge

6. Jumping jacks (50)

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7. Weighted step-ups onto bench (15 ea leg) (Use a light barbell or dumbbells)

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8. In and out low jacks (20) (skip to 0:12 for demonstration)

low jacks

9. Reverse lunges (15 ea leg)

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10. Squat jumps (20)

squat jumps

Note: Click on the exercises that are underlined for a video demo of the exercise.

Notice how every other exercise is a plyometric movement? This will help you burn a ton of calories and get the most out of your workout! Try to get through each circuit without pausing, but if you must at first that’s ok. The important thing is to get it all done!

Good luck! Let me know in the comments how this worked for you 🙂

Be sure to check out my other workout tips and some more great glute, hamstring, and quad workouts!

How To Get The Perfect Butt

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Getting the perfect butt isn’t about just doing squats. To get that full roundness you’re looking for, you have to take into consideration the three different muscles that make up your butt. This diagram describes how each muscle works and what exercise to do to activate them. My suggestion is to take the basic idea, and make your workout plan incorporate different types of the same exercise for each category so you can experience full benefits of your workout. For example, to activate your gluteus minimus, the diagram recommends squats. You can include sumo squats, wide stance squats, narrow stance squats, split squats, etc. To get the gluteus medius going, you can add jump squats, jumping split squats (or Russian hops), box jumps, or jumping rope. Different ideas for lunges include reverse lunges, curtsy lunges, and lunge hops. Check out different glutes and hamstring workouts here to get more ideas!

Better Than The Brazilian Butt Lift

Brazilian Butt Lift

I know the popular hype these days says “all you have to do for a nice ass is squat,” but actually there’s a lot more to it than that. Squats do wonders for your butt and quads, and burn a ton of calories, but they only target one of the main muscles in the glutes, leaving the others less attended to. This can lead to your butt not being very perky on top, and lacking the full roundness on the sides. This workout incorporates many of the necessary exercises to target all the different muscles in your butt, so that it’s round, perky, and shapely. Fitness model Flavia’s trainer, Ryan Watson, explains a lot of the reasons why he has her do these exercises to explain this subject in further detail.

This workout is better than the Brazilian butt lift since it correctly uses heavy weight on the slow-twitch muscles of the glutes, and adds some plyometric movement for the fast-twitch muscles. This helps you lift your glutes and build them, while burning fat! Talk about killing three birds with one stone!

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