Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Give Your Butt a Lift

Dumbbell Squat
  • Stand with feet hip-width apart and squat with abs in and knees behind your toes.
  • Squeeze butt to stand up straight.
  • Repeat for 2-3 sets of 8-12 reps.
  • Add weights for more intensity.
Pilates Hip Lift
  • Lie on your back with your calves resting on the ball.
  • Bend your knees and keep your legs together.
  • Exhale and roll your bottom and lower back off the mat very slowly until your legs are straight and your body is in a straight line.
  • Inhale and stay in the position for about 5 seconds. Squeeze your butt and the back of your legs.
  • Exhale and roll back to your starting position.
  • Repeat 10 times.
Kick-Butt Yoga
  • Stand with your feet together, toes forward, and arms at sides.
  • Step your right leg back into a lunge (left knee bent about 90 degrees).
  • Inhale and raise your arms over your head with your fingers pointing toward the ceiling.
  • Hold for about 10 seconds, then return to standing and repeat, step left lag back.