Full Body Workout: Tight Butt
Whatever your backside issue—from drooping to jiggle—it's no match for this tight butt exercise. "The side-lying position makes it tougher for other muscle groups to pitch in," says Kathy Smith, who includes this exercise on her DVD, Total Body Lift. "But to ensure the emphasis stays on your glutes, keep your hips stacked." Do this quick workout regularly for a month and your butt will get tighter and firmer.
2-Minute Tight Butt Exercise: Pretzel Lift
Works: butt and core
You'll need: 6-pound ball (from $20; danskin.com).
Workout details: Do 2 sets of 12 to 15 reps. Beginners, try it without the ball.
1) Lie on the floor on your left side, knees bent 90 degrees and left leg in front of you. Lean on your left forearm, elbow aligned under shoulder, and rest right hand on hip.
2) Place a weighted ball behind your right knee and raise leg to hip height, foot flexed and slightly higher than your knee [A].
3) Keep your shoulders and hips square as you lift your right leg a few inches [B]. Lower leg to hip height and repeat. Switch sides to complete set.
Make it harder: Straighten your left arm and/or do an extra set.
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