If you’re anything like me, this time of the year makes sticking to your workout regimen tough. Cuddle on the couch and watch the latest episode of the Bachelor or trek to the gym? With spring break right around the corner, it’s time to tighten that tush into top shape! I know the motivation isn’t always the easiest find so I’m providing you with my favorite booty-shaping exercise that can be done right in your home/dorm room/apartment/2×2 NYC bedroom. And if that’s not motivation enough–use your celebrity inspiration to get your butt out of bed. Has anyone else been in awe over Miley Cyrus’ toned figure that she credits to pilates?
Curtsy lunges are a lower body strength exercise that can be very effective in targeting many muscle groups simultaneously; however they must be performed with proper technique to get the full benefits and reduce the risk for back injuries. This exercise will target primarily your glutes, butt, hips, and both your quads and hamstrings in your legs.
If you are a beginner or unsure of your technique, start out with your hands on your waist and step one foot behind the other while bending both knees. Go into a curtsy position like you just finished a performance. Make sure your body is completely upright and shoulders are aligned with the ground. Continue this motion for 3 sets of 12 repetitions. Once you have mastered the movements, try it with 5-10lb weights to work those arms at the same time!