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Right now it’s all about that bass, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with wanting to work out an oft-neglected muscle group that happens to make up, well, your butt. If you’re serious about getting great glutes, squats will make it happen — here’s how:
Work squats into your daily routine.
Squats are perfect for toning your glutes and legs, plus they give us functional strength — meaning they improve our ability to carry out everyday activities like climbing stairs, running and biking. Find a way to work them into your schedule — squat while you brush your teeth, watch TV or cook dinner.
Add some weight.
You don’t need heavy weights to burn fat and strengthen muscles. Squatting with just your body weight will get results, but adding extra resistance makes every squat more valuable as you teach your body to work that little bit harder. You’ll increase the benefits both for your heart and muscles by adding light weights. Researchers at Penn State University have shown that you actually burn more calories when lifting lighter weights for more repetitions compared to lifting heavier weights for a few reps.
Squat to the beat.
Find a great piece of music at around 120 beats per minute and squat in time. The speed of your movement is all part of the energy-expenditure equation that you need to get right.
Perfect your form.
Make sure you squat until the inside of your knee forms a right angle. Imagine you are sitting down onto a chair and as you touch the seat, push yourself back up again. As you come up, think of driving from your heels, rather than leaning forward to push from your toes. If you really want to target your glutes, start with your feet outside your hips and then pivot your heel and toe to take the squat wider. If you’re feeling ambitious, try a few other squat variations as well.
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