There's no shame in saying it: this year was all about the butt. Whether you wanted a toned tush for bikini or skinny-jean season, we brought you the workouts to help you achieve that showstopping derriere. It doesn't matter how little time you have to spare — these six videos are all about booty-lifting results.
Tighten and tone your backside with this 10-minute workout from Anna Kaiser of AKT in Motion. She trains Kelly Ripa and Sarah Jessica Parker, and once you press play she will train you too! Although the focus of this workout is on the glutes, you will be working your entire body — to make the most of those 10 minutes.
Dedicate 20 minutes to tone up your backside with this quick butt plan. If you need music when you work out, you'll be happy to know that there's an accompanying playlist to help you keep time and stay motivated.
Each song on this Spotify playlist alternates between two basic exercises. Perform 20 reps of one exercise before switching to the next, and keep on moving until the song runs out. Move at the pace that works for your body, and don't be afraid to take a breather or water break!
|"Spectrum (Say My Name)" — Florence + The Machine (Calvin Harris remix)||Jumping Jacks + Cross Jacks|
|"Love You Long Time" — Jazmine Sullivan||Gate Swings + Side Skaters|
|"Roar" — Katy Perry||Basic Squats With Side Leg Lift + Standing Booty Kicks|
|"Price Tag" — Jessie J, B.o.B.||Squat Jumps + Ballet Butt|
|"Countdown" — Beyoncé||Elbow Plank With Donkey Kick + Pilates Side-Lying Leg Lifts|
|"Feel Again" — OneRepublic||Side Kicks + All Fours|
The warmup is built into the workout, but be sure to take a lengthy cooldown before you move on with your day.
If this mix doesn't suit your musical tastes, check out all our workout playlists here.
Remember, you will need to download the free Spotify software or app to listen to our playlists.
Want to work out with the trainer who keeps the Sports Illustrated models in tip-top shape? Then Justin Gelband is your man. Dubbed "the model whisperer," Justin has prepped many models — including the Victoria's Secret Angels, along with the swimsuit models for the iconic annual issue of SI — for the runway and major photo shoots. Learn his fitness philosophy while toning your abs and butt with this 10-minute workout. You don't need any equipment for this sweat session, so no excuses! Press play and get ready to tone.
Your bikini has a new BFF — your yoga mat. If you're not sure how to use yoga to sculpt sleeker thighs, try this 20-minute sequence. It's designed with your thighs and butt in mind, to tone and slim down these areas so you feel confident slipping on your two-piece. Warm up with three Sun Salutation Bs before moving on to this 12-pose sequence. Be sure to hold each pose for five deep breaths (about 45 seconds).
Sculpt a bikini-worthy butt with this go-to move used by pro surfer Anastasia Ashley! Our friends at Self got the details on the effective lower-body move.
Could there be anything more amazing than lounging on a sunny beach, looking hot in your bikini? Shockingly, yes — and that would be emerging from the surf feeling particularly fit and confident in your bikini because you're a badass surfer chick who just conquered a monster wave.
Say hello to Airwalk pro surfer Anastasia Ashley, and welcome to her life. (Yup, we're all jealous.) The girl's been surfing since she was 5 years old, so have faith that every muscle on her body has been shaped with help from the toughest training buddy ever: the big bad ocean. With surfing, "you're bending your legs for balance and working with the wave," she says. "A bigger wave means you have to exert more energy with the stance."
To build her core strength and tone that fabulous butt of hers, Ashley swears by glute kickbacks: "They're a favorite exercise of mine! I do them to keep my glutes tight and strong for surfing." Well, the rest of us may not be mastering the Hang Ten anytime soon, but if kickbacks can get us even close to her butt-kicking booty, then we're on board — pun totally intended.
We are pumped to share one of our favorite stories from Self here on POPSUGAR Fitness!
Making sure you look extra presentable for that annual beach trip with the girls is one thing, but how do you think you'd fair if your bikini-clad butt were blown up on big screens across America? Got a little nervous, huh? That's exactly why we've got ultimate respect for Spring Breakers star Vanessa Hudgens, who's clearly got nothing to hide in terms of a perfectly shapely physique. (I mean, look at that thing! Damn, girl!)
"I think her healthy, toned look is something that we all aspire to have," says Lauren Weisman, mind body manager at Exhale Santa Monica, where Hudgens works out on a regular basis. The combo of core work, Pilates, ballet and yoga keeps her body looking extra fantastic.
"That's great," you're thinking, "but what does she do to keep her butt looking so darn perky?" According to Weisman, the answer lies with the Fold-Over Gluteal exercise, a move that lifts the glutes and lengthens hamstrings. The result? Discovering that magic balance between "lengthened leg and really rounded booty," says Weisman. We're sold.
Grab a chair and try this killer Pop Physique leg and butt workout. Nope. You don't get to sit down: the chair will work as your in-home ballet barre. The moves in this ballet-inspired workout might be small, but they are mighty effective. All that pulsing pays off with a toned derriere and legs. Press play and get ready to feel the burn.
Everyone is busy these days, but it's always possible to dedicate a little time toward a workout — even if it's only five minutes. If you have a few minutes to spare during your day, spend it tightening up your derriere! For a quick five-minute workout, move through each of these butt-toning exercises for one minute.
No. 1: Jump Squats
- Begin in an athletic stance with feet shoulder-width apart and arms bent with hands at chest level. Bend knees and come into a full squat.
- Jump up as explosively as you can, reaching for the ceiling.
- When you land, lower back into the squat position to complete one rep.
- Perform as many reps as you can in one minute.
No. 2: Side Kick
- Begin with your hands and knees on the floor, with your hands underneath your shoulders and your knees under your hips. Keeping the knee bent 90 degrees, lift the left leg until it is parallel to the floor.
- Keep the left thigh still as you straighten your left knee, kicking your leg out to the side. Don't let the leg lower as you kick.
- Bend the left knee back to 90 degrees and then lower the leg. This completes one rep.
- Perform as many reps as possible on the left side for 30 seconds before switching to your right side.
No. 3: All Fours
- Begin with your hands and elbows on the floor. Your knees should be placed directly under your hips and your elbows below your shoulders; your legs should be touching. Round the back up toward the ceiling and pull abs away from the floor.
- From there, lift the right leg from the ground, keeping it at a 90-degree angle, and point your toes up at the ceiling. Make tiny pulses upward.
- Perform on the right side for 30 seconds, before switching to the left leg.
See the rest of the workout after the break!