Whether you have a small butt or a big butt, are you really ever satisfied with it? According to most people, there's always room for more lifting and toning the backside. Since the gluteus maximus functions as a hip extensor, kickbacks are an extremely effective exercise to help shape and firm the butt. If you've decided it's time to get your butt in shape, literally, keep the reps of your kickback exercises high. Three to four sets of 15 to 20 repetitions will give you a nice butt-shaping workout.
Lie on your stomach on the machine with your hands holding the handles, kneeling on one knee with the other leg bent and your foot on the foot plate.
Press through your heel and press the foot plate up until your hip is fully extended. Squeeze your glutes and hold the contraction for one to two seconds; return to the starting position.
Repeat for the required number of repetitions and then perform the exercise on the other side. This exercise primarily works the gluteus maximus.
Resistance Band Kickback
Kneel on one knee and place both of your elbows on the floor. The other knee is off the floor with the thigh vertical. Place a resistance band around the ankle that is on the floor; it should pass behind the knee joint of the raised leg.
Keep your hips square and press the heel of the lifted leg up toward the ceiling until your hip is completely extended. Squeeze your glutes and hold this position for one to two seconds.
Return to the starting position and repeat until you start to feel a good burn in your glutes. Make sure to perform this exercise on both sides.
Stand facing the cable machine on one leg with the free leg attached to an ankle strap of a low cable. Hands are holding the handles and the pelvis is tilted forward.
Keep your hips facing forward at all times. Press the heel of your free leg backward and extend your hip as far as possible. Squeeze your glutes and hold for one to two seconds.
Slowly return to the starting position. Perform all repetitions on both sides.
- To get the most out of these exercises always focus on your form. While you want a weight that is challenging, never sacrifice form for heavy weights.
- Engage your core throughout these exercises to avoid any injury to your lower back.
Kristy Lee Wilson is a former Cirque du Soleil performer, Sharecare fitness expert, bestselling author, international speaker, certified personal trainer and youth fitness specialist. An elite athlete from a very young age, Wilson's ultimate mission is to motivate, inspire and educate as many people as possible to live life to their fullest potential.