Skip the Squats, and Do These 15 Booty-Sculpting Moves Instead

Jun 26 2018 - 9:00am

Squats have their place in strength training, but there are plenty of other butt exercises out there! Mix up your routine, and try out the following moves that tone and lift your derrière. Who knows? You might say "so long" to squats (for now) and find a new favorite exercise in the bunch.

Single-Leg Forward Reach

Similar to yoga's Warrior 3, this exercise fires up your core by challenging your balance. As you move in and out of the pose, you will be working the back of your body too.


Seriously effective for toning the entire back of your body, deadlifts are a must-do move.

Single-Leg Bridge Kicks

We love this backside move that works the hamstrings, too.

Single-Leg Touch

This move fires up your glutes through a large range of motion combining the benefits of a deadlift with a deep single-leg squat without putting extra pressure on your knees. What's not to love?

If you're new to strength training, try this exercise without a dumbbell and work up to adding weight.

Side Lunge to Curtsy

Target your outer tush and your inner thighs with this move.

Superman Ball Lifts

The Superman ball lift is a butt-challenging variation on your standard Superman.

Single-Leg Deadlift With Kettlebell

The single-leg deadlift not only works your backside, targeting both the hamstring and the glutes but also works the core.

Banded Booty Kicks

Tone your tush and outer thighs in one minute.

Crossover Lunge

Adding arm work to this glute- and inner-thigh-toner makes this a time-saving full-body move.

Tipping Row

This rowing variation works the backside beautifully, but it also targets the hamstrings and upper back.


Walking up flights of stairs is great for your tush, but stepping up onto a chair is an even more effective move.

Here are some more variations of the basic step-up [2].

Dirty Dog

Work the deep glute muscles and lift your tush with this classic exercise that reminds us of an old-school Jane Fonda move.

Source: Megan Wolfe Photography [3] at J+K Fitness Studio [4]

Deep Reverse Lunge

Be sure to take a big step back! When you deepen your lunge, you'll really feel it in your lower body.

See the reverse lunge in action [5].

Elbow Plank Donkey Kick

Working your glutes and hamstrings in an elbow plank will also work your core.

Source: POPSUGAR Studios

Standing Booty Kicks

A do-anywhere exercise, try standing booty kicks the next time you're brushing your teeth.

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