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Look Hot from Behind: 5 Butt-Shaping Exercises

Do these five serious shapers for your best butt ever.

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Francine Daveta
Francine Daveta
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On Your Mark

Targets: Shoulders, arms, abs, and butt

  • Start on all fours, hands under shoulders and back flat.
  • Step left foot forward on floor by left hand, left knee bent 90 degrees.
  • Extend left leg behind you, raising it as high as you can, toes pointed.
  • Quickly return left foot to floor by left hand.
  • Do 15 to 30 reps. Switch sides and repeat. Do 2 sets.

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Saddlebag Slimmer

Targets: Abs, butt, and inner and outer thighs

  • Start on all fours, then lower right hip to floor so that hips, knees, and ankles are stacked.
  • Bring left knee into chest as you bend elbows to lower chest toward floor.

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Saddlebag Slimmer

  • Straighten left arm as you extend left leg behind you.
  • Bring left knee into chest as you bend left elbow and repeat.
  • Do 15 to 30 reps. Switch sides and repeat. Do 2 sets.

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Lunge Leg Lift

Targets: Abs, butt, hamstrings, and quads

  • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, then lunge back with left leg, raising arms in front of you to shoulder height.
  • Stand up on right leg, knee slightly bent, and lift left knee to hip height in front of you.
  • Extend left leg behind you as you hinge forward at hips and bring hands to hips.
  • Return to knee-lift position with arms at shoulder height, then step back to lunge position to complete 1 rep.
  • Do 15 to 30 reps. Switch sides and repeat. Do 2 sets.

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Wall Kick

Targets: Abs, butt, and inner thighs

  • Stand facing a wall, feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent, and place hands on wall at shoulder height.
  • MAKE IT HARDER: Maintain position without a wall.
  • Hinge forward at hips and raise left leg behind you to hip level, bending knee so that heel nears butt.
  • Bring left knee into chest, then extend leg directly behind you. Return knee to chest and repeat.
  • Do 15 to 30 reps. Switch sides and repeat. Do 2 sets.

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Tabletop on Toes

Targets: Shoulders, arms, abs, butt, quads, and calves

  • Sit on floor with knees bent, feet flat. Lean torso back slightly and place palms on floor under shoulders.
  • Lift hips off floor so that body forms a tabletop position with torso parallel to floor; raise heels off floor.
  • MAKE IT EASIER: Keep feet flat.

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  • Reach right arm toward ceiling.
  • Return right hand to floor. Switch arms and repeat.
  • Do 2 sets of 15 to 30 reps, alternating sides.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2011.

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