Bikini Butt Workout: Easy Ways to Get Shapely Just Where You Need It
Suffering from cubicle butt after long hours at the office? Try this bikini butt workout – it lifts and shapes you in all the right spots in time for beach season.
You've spent the last six months working your butt off at the office -- juggling meetings, e-mails and the paper tsunami otherwise known as your inbox. And while your boss is satisfied and your paychecks are getting fatter, all those hours spent sitting behind a desk have taken their toll. Instead of sporting a lifted rear end, you feel like you have cubicle butt.
Before you resign yourself to wearing a coverup all summer, try these exclusive moves from the "Quick Fix Buns" video (Peter Pan Industries), designed to zero in on your butt muscles, so you can get a rounder, more lifted look in time for beach season.
Secrets to butt exercises that really work
According to certified trainer Nancy Popp, who stars in the "Buns" video, one secret to the "Quick Fix" is targeting your butt from different angles. All of the exercises shown on these pages are done while you're standing, but small changes in position -- such as turning out your toes or rotating your knee out from your hip -- let you hit your buttocks from a variety of important directions.
But can you really get an effective workout without hoisting weights? Yes -- as long as you learn how to isolate your glutes. "Proper form is essential to getting results," Popp says. "In general, you want to do controlled repetitions and keep your hips stationary." Then, by really contracting your gluteal muscles, you can create enough resistance to give your butt a boost. (Later, hit the gym for serious lifting to keep the progress going.)
Don't worry: You won't have to spend much time squeezing your cheeks. Says Popp: "With these types of exercises, you're really isolating the buttocks area, so you can get good results in as little as 10 minutes at a time."