No More Squats: 9 Exercises To Have The Butt Of Your Dreams

The internet seems to be loaded with an enormous amount of articles
geared toward different workout goals. However, most of them contain
only general pieces of information about the training of major muscle
groups. Today we want to draw your attention to building a nice
derriere. Squats are the best exercise for that purpose, but we’ll prove
that you can add aesthetic roundness to your glutes even without those
annoying squats.


We gathered for you 9 toning exercises that aren’t squats but will nevertheless help you build the curves you desire!

  • Workout zone — a flat solid surface (like an exercise mat);
  • Targeted zones — the gluteal muscles;
  • Workout performance — as one complete workout: 10-15 repetitions and 3-4 sets for each exercise;
  • Workout frequency — 3 times per week;
  • Result: a toned and lifted butt, improved body alignment, and improved athletic performance.

Basic deadlifts are considered to be one of the most effective types of
exercise for shaping your butt. In fact, it forces a lot of your muscles
to work simultaneously. Follow this deadlift pattern:

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart and evenly distribute weight on each
    foot. Hold a barbell or free weights in each hand and keep arms
  • Squeeze your butt muscles.
  • Bend at your hips to lower your upper body.
  • Push your butt back and keep your back flat.
  • Your upper body should be almost parallel to the floor.
  • Finally, push through your heels to stand up straight. Repeat.

Glute kickbacks are bodyweight exercises that target the buttocks. Kneel
on the floor. Wrap the resistance band around one foot and keep the
other end under your knee.

  • With a flexed foot, toes pointing down toward the floor, extend and raise your left leg so your foot is higher than your butt.
  • Engage your abs as you slightly shift your weight to the side, but keep your butt steady.
  • Carefully bring the foot back and repeat.

7. Glute bridge
When done properly, this simple yet effective exercise will help you feel how your glutes work in the movement.

  • Lay down on your mat and bend your knees.
  • Put your feet hip-distance apart but close to your butt.
  • Pressing on your heels, lift your hips off the mat, squeezing your glutes at the top.
  • Make a straight line from knees to shoulders.
  • Lower your hips back on the mat. Repeat.

It’s a lower body exercise that targets your hamstrings, calves, and
glutes. You can find a stability ball in any gym and use it for this

  • Lay on your back on a mat and place your feet on top of the ball.
  • Position your legs in such a way that only your heels are on the ball.
  • Raise your hips off of the mat, keeping your weight on the shoulder blades and your feet.
  • Pull the ball as close to yourself as possible by bending your
    knees. Squeeze your butt muscles. Pause for 2 seconds in this position.
  • Return to your starting position. Repeat.

5. Lateral leg raises
Side leg raises are a good glute workout you can do at home with just
your bodyweight. It’s very simple to perform and most of us know its
technique from school.

  • Get down on your hands and knees with your palms flat on the mat, shoulder-width apart.
  • Engage your abs, and slowly raise and straighten one leg up to the
    side until it’s in line with the hip. Hold for several seconds and
    return to the starting position. Repeat.
  • Don’t shift too much weight to the side and keep your back flat.

The following exercise will make your hip flexors and lower back work
hard. Do it if you’re a beginner or as a warm-up before the main

  • Start in a high plank position with your feet hip-width apart.
  • Lift your leg, being careful not to arch your back, and hold for as long as you can. Lower leg. Repeat.
  • When you’re doing the leg lifts, hold your spine in a neutral position. Also, keep your head in line with your neck.
  • Exhale and squeeze the butt muscles as you lift one leg.

The main advantage of the reverse rear lunge is that you’re putting less stress on the knee joints.

  • For the starting position, stand with your body upright holding two dumbbells in your hands by your sides.
  • Step backward with one leg and lower your upper body down by bending
    the knee and hip of the supporting leg until the knee of rear leg is
    almost in contact with the floor. Make sure to keep your back straight.
    Maintain balance and don’t look down.
  • Make sure that you keep your front shin perpendicular to the ground. Don’t allow your knee to go farther than your toes.
  • Push up and go back to the starting position. Repeat.

The main targeted muscles are the abdominals, lower back, glutes, and triceps.

  • Begin in a reverse plank position with your back facing the floor. Put hands under your shoulders with fingers facing forwards.
  • Push your feet into the floor focusing on driving the heels down.
  • Keeping your arms straight, lift your hips off the floor and bring
    your body into a reverse plank, creating a straight line from your chest
    to your feet. Lower back down. Repeat.
  • Engage your glutes and back muscles to lift your hips up.

Those who’ve mastered all the exercises mentioned above can perform the
fire hydrant exercise and its advanced variations with a resistance
band. It’s a single joint exercise that focuses on the gluteus muscles,
as well as your core to stabilize your body.

  • Get down on your hands and knees with your palms flat on the mat, shoulder-width apart. This is your starting position.
  • Keep your back and neck straight and look forward. Keep your right knee at a 90-degree angle.
  • Holding your knee bent, raise one leg out to the side until your thigh is parallel to the floor. Keep your pelvis stable.
  • Then lower the leg to the starting position. Repeat. For an added challenge, wear a light resistance band around your ankles.

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