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3 Exercises to Tone Your Butt

How do you look from behind? Tighten and tone your tush with these moves.
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By Jodi Helmer
WebMD Magazine - Feature

A tush-toning workout will help you look your best in short shorts and boost your confidence when you're walking down the beach in a bathing suit.

"It's really sexy to have a great butt," says Kit Rich, a Los Angeles-based certified personal trainer and Pilates instructor who helps celebrity clients such as Ke$ha get in shape. "A strong backside helps protect your back and knees from pain and injuries, too," Rich says. Add these three moves to your cardio workout three times a week, she says.

Squat Side Step

"The lower you go [in the squat], the higher and tighter your butt will be," Rich says. To make it tougher, add a resistance band around your ankles.

1. Start in a squat position (feet hip-width apart, knees bent, thighs parallel to the floor with knees over ankles).

2. Staying in this position, take a large step to the right. Be sure to use your abs and keep your weight in your heels.

3. Rise to a standing position.

4. Lower back into a squat and take a large step to the left, then move back to a standing position.

5. Repeat 15 times on each side.

Leg Lifts

This might not seem like a hard move but, according to Rich, "it only takes a few reps to feel the burn." You're working the small muscles where your tush meets your thighs, helping to heighten and tighten the butt."

1. Lie on your stomach with your legs extended straight out on the floor.

2. Bend your right knee at a 90-degree angle with your ankle flexed so the sole of your foot is facing the ceiling.

3. Lift your right knee as high as possible off the floor, keeping your abs and glutes engaged and hips pressed to the floor.

4. Pulse your right leg up toward the ceiling for a count of five.

5. Repeat 20 times.

6. Repeat with the left leg.

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