Each time I pull on a pair of shorts or pants or pajama bottoms, I’ve noticed that I do the same thing: I grab my right butt cheek. Admittedly, I briefly cup it in the way that no girl ever wants her butt cupped by creepers at nightclubs, but it’s mine. And I need to know.
I need to know the firmness, volume and relative consistency. These are all catalogued somewhere in my subconscious so that I know with what amount of confidence I could sport my cheeky or thong bikini bottoms at any given time.
Though there have been improvements over the past month, I am still overcoming the lingering results of last year’s traveling/depression, which includes an unfortunate lack of firmness, volume and muscle.
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“I’m sold!” I texted my friends right after meeting Monica 4 months ago. She enthusiastically encourages girls to squat lower and heavier with the confidence to know that others’ performance only enhances, rather than threatens, her own PR’s – something I seek in trainers. The next day I switched to Crossfit Reflex where she’s an owner and head coach.
Now she kicks my ass at noon daily. And she has the butt to prove it. When I needed to know butt exercises to do on top of our Crossfit WOD’s for bikini season, I knew where to turn.
6 Butt Workouts for Swimsuit Season
How do I plan to up the firmness, volume and muscle mass of my ass? A little something like this.
1. Bent Leg Hip Extension
- How-to: Focus is on initiating movement from the glute and squeezing the butt to bring the leg up. Try to keep a neutral spine to limit hyperextension of the back. Can be performed with toes pointed and also with toes flexed.
- How many: Perform 3 sets of 20 reps on each leg.
2. Single Leg Dumbbell Deadlift
- How-to: Keep back flat. Only go down as far as range of motion in hamstring and spine allows. Pull belly button into spine keeping abs tight. Initiate the return by squeezing the glute and hamstring, straightening the leg that is on the ground. Squeeze butt at the top and return. Can be done unweighted also.
- How many: Perform 3 sets of 10 on each leg.
3. In N Outs
- How-to: Feet start at shoulder width and as you jump up, spread feet apart to hip width to allow for squat depth to occur. As you raise up from the bottom of the squat, feet will come back to shoulder stance and repeat. Shoulder stance, jump feet out to squat stance, full squat, jump out of squat feet touching in hip stance and repeat. The key is making sure you “jump” out of the squat. It is a plyometric movement.
4. Double Leg Glute Bridges
- How-to: Key is to press through the heels contracting posterior chain, glutes and hamstrings. Do not press so high that you feel tension or pain in the low back. Draw belly button into spine keeping midline tight. Return by lightly touching the butt to the ground and pressing back up. Try not to let the butt rest on the ground.
- How many: Perform 3 sets of 20.
5. Jumping Lunge
- How-to: Press firmly through the heel/midfoot of the front leg and try not to let your knee protrude too far over your toes. Initiate through the glutes and hamstring to straighten the front leg, squeezing the quadricep at the top.
6. Weighted Bulgarian Split Squats (or Rear Elevated Single Leg Squat)
- How-to: Back leg is elevated on a bench or box and make sure not to be too high so that too much stress is placed on the low back when squatting. Should be no more than 18′ tall. Foot should be placed so when you reach the bottom of the squat, the ankle on the bench can rest firmly in plantar flexion with no pain. Front foot should be far enough away from the bench so when you reach the bottom of the squat your heels are rooted firmly on the ground and the knee is not jutting far forward past the toes. Belly button pulled in toward spine engaging the midline.
- How many: Perform 3 sets of 12 on each leg.
Location: Crossfit Reflex