Joe Dowdell, founder and co-owner of Peak Performance Strength & Conditioning, and Anne Hathaway's trainer, developed this workout to tone her lower body. Before she could kick butt as Agent 99 in Get Smart, Hathaway did this exercise to whip her butt into shape. You too can get a better butt by doing this workout.
Work Your Lower Body
The exercise: Rotational step-up
A. Stand with right side next to a step or stairs, placing right foot on step. Turn right foot 90 degrees, toes pointing to the right.
B. Straighten right leg to stand up, turning hips so body now faces step. Place left foot on step. Return to starting position by stepping back with left foot. Do 12 to 15 reps on right leg; switch sides.
Beat the Clock, Build Endurance
Spend less time (about 20 to 30 seconds) resting between sets at the beginning of your workout when your muscles aren't exhausted, and more time (40 to 60 seconds) as they become fatigued. This method, known as density training, can cut the time you spend working out by as much as 15 to 20 percent. It also forces your muscles to work harder while improving your endurance at the same time.
Originally published on FitnessMagazine.com, January 2009.