A classic move,the pretzel is a foundation exercise for toning the derriere. Barre and Pilates utilize the move to lift up the backside and also to shape the surrounding areas like the lower back. It’s a highly effective tool when set up correctly, so let’s go over the basics.
- Start with one leg in front and one leg back. Place your front shin in line with the mat, and check that your knee is directly in front of your hip, resulting in a 90-degree angle. Your back knee should be behind the edge of the mat at a 45-degree angle.
- Place your hands on the floor in front of you; one hand should lay flat in front of the ankle while the opposite hand frames the outside of the knee.
- Shift your weight to the center, and keep your shoulders and hips square. You want your chest to stay in the same line as your front thigh.
- Once you feel stable, lift your back leg up as high as you can while keeping your core and glutes engaged. Pulse your leg up as a whole, leading it with the knee for about 15-20 reps. Then lower your leg back to the starting position. For added challenge, keep your leg suspended and wrap your knee toward the opposite side for 15-20 more reps. Combining both movements will increase the burn! Hands are optional. Repeat on the other side.
We love the versatility of the exercise ball and decided to share our two favorite moves with you: learn how to work your abs without crunches and your backside without squats. Remember, size does matter! It’s best to work with a ball appropriately sized for you, so check out this exercise ball chart to see what dimension best fits you.
If you’re bored with basic squats and lunges, here are some new moves for working your backside before hitting the seaside this Summer. To start targeting your glutes, grab an exercise ball, weights, and a resistance band - your backside will be in tip-top shape in no time!
We are excited to share one of our fave stories from Shape here on FitSugar.
Actress, singer, designer, dancer, and mom Jennifer Lopez may have a sizzling career, but she seems to be better known for that infamous, beautifully bodacious booty!
With glutes that defy gravity, J Lo has made curves a good thing in Hollywood. How exactly does the dynamic diva hone her hot bod, other than just being lucky with genetics? We got the secrets to her sexy figure directly from the source – the powerhouse personal trainer who worked with Lopez for more than a decade, Gunnar Peterson.
“If you want to enhance the shape of your butt, as well as tone and tighten, the most important exercises are squats and lunges,” Peterson says. “Be sure to use weights, weights, weights, and weights . . . and then some weights!”
I like to power up my cardio and make it work double time, like this elliptical workout. By playing with the incline on the machine, you can really target your glutes and hamstrings. That’s right! You get your heart rate up while toning your backside. Talk about a win-win. Increase your booty work and focus on keeping your heels down while doing this workout.
Ready to go? Take a look at the workout.