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Cardio Machines That Work Your Butt

Best Cardio Machines For Your Booty

A lot of times when we hit the cardio machines at the gym our ultimate goal is a toned-all-over look, but what if you could get all-over-body toning with emphasizing your booty? Um, yes please. Researchers looked at the most popular cardio machines to find out which work out bums the most. Here are the results (FYI, the more glutes activated, the more your butt is working):

  • Treadmill (jogging): 48.9 Percent of Glutes activated.
  • Elliptical: 32.6 Percent of Glutes activated.
  • Treadmill (walking): 24.3 Percent of Glutes activated.
  • StairMaster: 24.0 Percent of Glutes activated.
  • Recumbent Bike: 6.0 Percent of Glutes activated.

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Women's Health has these ideas to work your booty even more:

Jogging: Make sure your heels, not the balls of your feet, hit the ground first.
Walking: On a treadmill, increase the incline. On the road, try walking sideways: This will work your bum from a different angle as you pull your leg away from your body.
Elliptical: Ease your hips back so your butt sticks out a bit, and push down with your heel as much as possible.
Biking: Ditch the recumbent ride for an upright one. Then sit a little farther back on the seat and focus on pushing the pedals down forcefully. If you're spinning, stand up and stick your butt out while leaning forward.
Stair stepping: Lean forward slightly at the waist and take larger steps, as though you're climbing two at a time. Let go of the rails, forcing your glutes to take the brunt of the stabilization duties.

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Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
I love the cardio wave too! I try to get on it everytime Im at the gym, it works the legs, butt and stomach.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I love my elliptical machine. I've definitely seen a big improvement in my butt since I started using mine regularly.
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 9 years
I'm such an elliptical lover so this is great.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
wow, i thought stair-master would be number 1. so strange!
toughfluff toughfluff 9 years
We have the Technogym Cardio Wave at my gym and I'm still undecided about it. I like the in-line/speed skating-esque aspect of it. And when I get on that the first time, I definitely worked out my inner thigh area. But after a few tries, it doesn't feel that different than a stairmaster. (Maybe my muscles have accustomed to it.) There's not as much lateral movement as actual skating and I'm a bit disappointed.
glitterandgold glitterandgold 9 years
I do the elliptical all the time and mix it up with the treadmill and I don't see as much results with the elliptical as the stairmaster or bike! WEIRD!!!
klandrach klandrach 9 years
What about the step-mill? That is like a stairmaster on steroids, my butt definitely feels like it is getting worked on that thing. Also love the treadclimber if anyone has those at their gym.
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
Hm...*checks her booty* it's still big, even though I run for 45 minutes 4 times a week! And then not to mention all the cycling and spin classes I do...sigh
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
treadmill makes me lose my booty, the elliptical shapes my butt very nicely.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I love my elliptical. :)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
That picture looks awful. That bikini bottom does NOTHING for that model. It's a bad cut and too large for her.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
Whhhat, you're telling me that the stairmaster, which I hate, isn't as effective as the elliptical machine, which I love?? This is awesome! :woohoo:
melizzle melizzle 9 years
I always thought the Stair Master did the trick... good thing I've been doing the elliptical!
andrennabird andrennabird 9 years
Oh man! I have to get off the bike and on the elliptical!!
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
I love the elliptical!
secrethoughts secrethoughts 9 years
Great tips, Fit! I especially love the ones on the elliptical and the treadmill because those are my go-to machines!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
my ass is really loving the elliptical! It's so nice and firm and round!
foxie foxie 9 years
Her butt is really flat but somehow still has crazy under-booty lines. Weird...
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