"Deadlifts, deadlifts, deadlifts!" Katrina told POPSUGAR. "This move really sculpts and tones your booty like no other." Deadlifts target your hamstrings and — yep, you guessed it — your butt.
"With proper form, you're also targeting your lower abs," she continued. "Just make sure that you're engaging your lower core throughout the movement to protect your lower back and tone your tummy."
Don't be afraid to use weights with this exercise, because that's exactly what will build lean muscle and shed fat on your backside, making for a more bodacious, toned booty. You can use dumbbells or a barbell — whatever feels more comfortable for you at the beginning.
Here's how to perform the exercise:
- Holding the barbell (or two dumbbells at your side), keep your arms straight and knees slightly bent.
- Slowly bend at your hip joint, not your waist, and lower the weights as far as possible without rounding your back, which should remain straight. Looking forward, not at the ground, will help you avoid rounding your back. Keep the weights close to, almost touching, your legs.
- Squeeze your glutes to slowly pull yourself up. Be sure not to use your back or round your spine!
- Do 12 reps to complete one set.