Sculpt a bikini-worthy butt with this go-to move used by pro surfer Anastasia Ashley! Our friends at Self got the details on the effective lower-body move.
Could there be anything more amazing than lounging on a sunny beach, looking hot in your bikini? Shockingly, yes — and that would be emerging from the surf feeling particularly fit and confident in your bikini because you're a badass surfer chick who just conquered a monster wave.
Say hello to Airwalk pro surfer Anastasia Ashley, and welcome to her life. (Yup, we're all jealous.) The girl's been surfing since she was 5 years old, so have faith that every muscle on her body has been shaped with help from the toughest training buddy ever: the big bad ocean. With surfing, "you're bending your legs for balance and working with the wave," she says. "A bigger wave means you have to exert more energy with the stance."
To build her core strength and tone that fabulous butt of hers, Ashley swears by glute kickbacks: "They're a favorite exercise of mine! I do them to keep my glutes tight and strong for surfing." Well, the rest of us may not be mastering the Hang Ten anytime soon, but if kickbacks can get us even close to her butt-kicking booty, then we're on board — pun totally intended.
The Move: Glute Kickbacks
Works: Glutes, Hamstrings
Assume a kneeling push-up position with a slight bend in the waist and arms below you. Raise your left knee to a 90-degree angle so that the bottom of your foot is up toward the ceiling. Repeat for 10 reps, then switch legs and repeat to complete a set.
Hot Tip: Keep your back straight and abs tight, and squeeze your glutes for maximum effect.
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