Let’s get one thing clear: It’s all about the bum. Sure, built biceps fill out a shirt and six-pack abs are the prize of every beachgoer, but the back is where it’s at. A bodacious booty is essential to a good physique—and not just for stage-bound fitness contestants. Everyone seems to want a great bum. Photos of posteriors flood the Internet and are often the most viewed—and “liked”—body part on social media. There’s just something magical about a beautiful butt!
“How do you get your butt like that?” is the fitness question I hear the most. And before you say it, yes, genetics play a part. Just like a pretty smile or clear skin, there are people born with a genetic booty advantage, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to improve your glutes. Women often turn to cardio to “get a butt,” but the clear path to a better booty doesn’t go through the treadmill or the elliptical. Instead, start with weights.
When it comes to training, I prefer to stick with the basics. People think they need 10 different exercises to fashion a fine pair of cheeks, but that’s not what it takes. When it comes to toning your glutes, you only need two things: drive and dedication—and I mean real dedication. You must train your glutes hard and diligently to get a great response. If you stop every time it gets difficult or whenever it burns, you’re not going to get anywhere.
Skip the skimpy weights to build a booty. Your butt gets bigger as it gets stronger, so use heavy weights that limit you to 5-12 reps per set. Need an extra boost of motivation? Use your workout log as a form of healthy competition.
Always try to beat your last butt-kicking (and building) workout by using heavier weights and increasing the number of sets and reps. Are you unsure where to start? Take a page from my book. Below are my five favorite booty-building exercises.
Your Butt Training Plan
Weave one of these exercises into your regular workout plan one or two days per week. Believe it or not, this is more than enough time under tension to build the better butt you want.
More training isn’t always better. Targeting your glutes more than twice per week can actually slow down the butt-building process. Your glutes need ample time to rest, recover, and grow.
For each exercise, aim for 5-12 heavy reps. Always keep good form. As you progress, bump up the weight whenever necessary and mix the exercises you include.