How to Do Scissor Kicks for Your Butt

A taut derriere offers many advantages.
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You likely have numerous reasons to improve the tone, strength and shape of your behind. For appearance's sake, a tight, taut derriere can give you confidence when you're wearing a revealing swimsuit, form-fitting dress or body-hugging designer jeans. Physically, strong glutes help stabilize the body during movements such as walking, running, lunging and balancing on one leg. The glutes are among your largest muscle groups, but they don't require an over-the-top intense workout. Simple moves, such as scissor kicks, can help strengthen and tone your backside.

Step 1

Lie on your stomach on a workout bench or a similar platform with your hips at the edge and the legs extended straight behind you. Pull your abdominal muscles in toward your spine to protect the lower back and prevent it from arching.

Step 2

Wrap your hands around the top of the bench on either side of your head; point the elbows toward your legs. Push the shoulder blades down your back. Place your forehead on the bench while keeping the neck straight and in line with your spine.

Step 3

Engage your glutes and lift both legs to hip height with your toes pointed back. Raise the right leg by 6 inches as you simultaneously lower the left leg by 6 inches. Switch the position of your legs, raising the left and lowering the right. Continue to shift the legs up and down in a flowing, recurrent kicking movement.

Step 4

Continue to kick for 30 seconds, then rest your legs on the floor. Repeat the exercise twice more, for a total of three sets. Pause for 30 to 60 seconds between each set.

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