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The Butt-Lifting Exercise You Need to Try

Our friends at Self explaing how adding weights to this simple floor exercise gets you an even better butt lift.

Give your cheeks some attention — and give squats a rest — with this butt-sculpting move, the Weighted Donkey Kick, from Los Angeles-based trainer Astrid Swan.

The exercise is part of the Butt and Back Mega Burner workout from the brand-new, seven-day Best Bodies Challenge. Here's how to do it: start on all fours with hands under shoulders, knees below hips. Bend left leg to 90 degrees and place one weight (start with 3 to 5 lbs.) behind left knee. Squeeze left leg to hold weight in place and kick left leg up into the air, then bring knee under hips. That's one rep — watch Astrid demonstrate how to perform the exercise in the GIF below. Do as many reps as possible in 90 seconds; then switch sides.

Score the rest of the routine (plus six additional total-body sculpting and fat-burning workouts and recipes) here. Anyone else thinking about their "before and after" belfies?

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