Everyone wants a nice toned tush, but not everyone knows the best way to get one. The majority of people think squats are the best way to get their dream butt, but this just simply isn’t true. Let’s face it, squats are awful, they get boring after about 10. Not everyone is even able to do squats, for example, those of us with bad knees. There is so much more you can do to get that better butt without ever doing a single squat. Included in this article are 9 exercises to get that better butt, that work better than squats.
Here Are Nine Butt Exercises That Are Better Than Squats
1. Single leg glute bridge
In this exercise, you start by lying on your back, knees bent, feet close to your butt. Straighten one leg, and squeezing those glutes, lift your hips and butt off the floor. Lower your butt until it’s hovering over the floor, and repeat without touching the ground. Make sure to switch legs!
2. Hydrants with Leg Extension
Begin on all fours with your knees hip-width apart and your wrists stacked over your shoulders. Lift your left knee toward the ceiling, then extend the left foot straight out to the side. Pause before you bend your knee again, and bring your leg back to starting position. Repeat for 45 to 60 seconds on the left side before you switch to the right.
Begin on all fours with your knees hip-width apart and your wrists stacked over your shoulders. With a pointed toe, extend your left leg behind you and slightly to the left side. It should be level with your spine. Keeping your core tight and leg straight, slowly lower your leg to tap the floor. Squeeze your glutes as you lift the leg back to starting position, then slowly tap the floor about a foot to the right. Return to starting position to complete the rep. Repeat for 45 to 60 seconds before you switch legs.
4. Curtsy Lunges
Your starting position should be a standing one, with your feet about hip-width apart from each other. Place your hands on the hips. First lift one leg straight sideways and proceed by crossing it behind you.
Bend your other knee so that the extended leg’s knee touches the ground.
Now just straighten the knee and lift your leg back out. Repeat this exercise for 1 minute before switching between legs.
5. Heel lifted squat
Stand with your feet hip-width apart, one heel lifted. Keeping your core tight and your movements controlled, push your hips back and lower your tush toward the floor. Keep the standing knee from extending over your toes. Press into your heel and return to starting position. Repeat for 1 minute before switching heels.
6. Bear plank leg lifts
Start in a plank position, both knees slightly bent. Bend one knee to a 90-degree angle, flex your foot, and kick that leg up towards the ceiling as high as you can go. Pause and lower leg. Repeat for 1 minute before switching legs.
7. Single leg dead lift
Once again, your starting position should be a standing one, with your feet about hip-width apart from each other. The difference is that your right foot should be several inches in front of the left. Also, your left knee should be bent slightly.
Keeping your core tight, fold slowly forward.
Just make sure the left foot is aligned with your spine. Next, touch the ground using both hands, before returning to the standing position. Repeat this exercise for 1 minute before switching between sides.
8. Squat to sumo
Begin with your feet about hip-width apart and your toes pointing forward. Keeping your knees directly above your ankles, sit back into a squat. Press into your heels and pulse in this position as you turn both feet out about 45 degrees, then back to the starting position.