A lot of times when we hit the cardio machines at the gym our ultimate goal is a toned-all-over look, but what if you could get all-over-body toning with emphasizing your booty? Um, yes please. Researchers looked at the most popular cardio machines to find out which work out bums the most. Here are the results (FYI, the more glutes activated, the more your butt is working):
- Treadmill (jogging): 48.9 Percent of Glutes activated.
- Elliptical: 32.6 Percent of Glutes activated.
- Treadmill (walking): 24.3 Percent of Glutes activated.
- StairMaster: 24.0 Percent of Glutes activated.
- Recumbent Bike: 6.0 Percent of Glutes activated.
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Jogging: Make sure your heels, not the balls of your feet, hit the ground first.
Walking: On a treadmill, increase the incline. On the road, try walking sideways: This will work your bum from a different angle as you pull your leg away from your body.
Elliptical: Ease your hips back so your butt sticks out a bit, and push down with your heel as much as possible.
Biking: Ditch the recumbent ride for an upright one. Then sit a little farther back on the seat and focus on pushing the pedals down forcefully. If you're spinning, stand up and stick your butt out while leaning forward.
Stair stepping: Lean forward slightly at the waist and take larger steps, as though you're climbing two at a time. Let go of the rails, forcing your glutes to take the brunt of the stabilization duties.