9 Butt Exercises that are Better than Squats

When it comes to your backside, here’s the bottom line: To lift your butt, you have to build muscle. “Building new lean muscle will help develop a backside with a natural well-rounded shape.

Rear Raisers

Targets: Upper outer side of glutes

Staying on all fours and keeping your right leg straight, cross it behind your supporting left leg, tapping the floor with a pointed toe. Squeeze your glute and lift your right leg so that it’s in line with your right hip and parallel to the floor. Lower the leg to return to the tap. Be sure to keep your tailbone slightly tucked throughout the movement (don’t arch your back).

Booty Boxes

Targets: Center and upper glute

Start on all fours, your right leg pointed straight behind you. Lift your right leg 4 inches higher, keeping your hips angled down. Trace a box with your big toe clockwise, then reverse it and go counterclockwise. Try to create a deeper contraction with every box.

Killer Kicks

Targets: Side hips through the meaty center of glute

As before, begin with hands and knees on floor, right leg extended. Swing your right leg out to the side, in line with your hip. Bend your knee, bringing your heel inward toward your body. Then kick back out to the side with a straight leg. Focus on squeezing through the glute.

Lift It Up

Targets: Side and center of glutes

Extend your right leg out to side in line with your hip. Pulse your right leg up and down about an inch at a moderate, steady pace.