Top 3 Exercises for a Strong, Tight Booty

photo of fitness coach Chrissy King before she demonstrates a tight booty workout
Photo: Peter Ardito

If you're looking to strengthen your glutes and build a tight booty, this three-exercise circuit is a simple way to get results. But be warned: Just because this is a simple routine doesn't mean it's easy.

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Try This Simple Tight Booty Circuit

photo of fitness coach Chrissy King before she demonstrates a tight booty workout
Peter Ardito

While there are many effective ways to strengthen your glutes (this 30-day squat challenge is a stellar place to start!), sometimes the simplest routine is the best. Case in point? These three moves from personal trainer Chris Santo. Each of these exercises are easily modified to make easier or harder, and together, they can help you build a strong, tight booty at any fitness level.

How it works: Choose your track — beginner, intermediate, or advanced — then do one set of the suggested number of reps for each of the three exercises in your category, with little or no rest between moves. After you've finished the third move, repeat the entire circuit two more times for a total of three sets. Start by doing this tight booty workout twice a week, and once it starts to feel like you can breeze through the routine, step up to the next level and/or increase it to three or four times a week.

You'll need: A pair of 5-pound dumbbells, a step bench/any elevated surface, and a stability ball

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Beginner Exercise 1: Deadlift Squat

fitness coach Chrissy King demonstrating how to do a deadlift squat tight booty exercise
Peter Ardito

A. Stand with feet wider than hips-width apart, holding a 5-pound dumbbell in each hand at inner thighs.

B. Bend both knees 90 degrees, coming into a squat (form check!) and lowering weights toward the floor.

C. Stand to return to starting position and complete the rep.

Do 15 reps.

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Intermediate Exercise 1: Bent-Knee Deadlift

fitness coach Chrissy King demonstrating how to do a bent-knee deadlift tight booty exercise
Peter Ardito

A. Stand with feet shoulders-width apart, holding a 5-pound dumbbell in each hand at inner thighs.

B. Bend knees 30 degrees, coming into a shallow squat.

C. Keep back straight while bending forward from hips, lowering the weights toward the floor.

D. Squeeze glutes and slowly return to stand.

Do 15 reps.

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Advanced Exercise 1: Balancing Deadlift

fitness coach Chrissy King demonstrating how to do a single-leg balancing deadlift tight booty exercise
Peter Ardito

A. Stand with feet shoulders-width apart, knees bent about 30 degrees, holding a 5-pound dumbbell in each hand.

B. Extend right leg back behind body and bend at hips to lower weight toward the floor.

C. When returning to stand, kick right leg forward to hip height.

D. Lower leg to return to starting position and complete the rep.

Do 15 reps. Switch sides; repeat.

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Beginner Exercise 2: Elevated Bridge

fitness coach Chrissy King demonstrating how to do an elevated bridge tight booty exercise
Peter Ardito

A. Lie faceup and place feet hips-width apart on a couch or bench, knees bent between 70 and 90 degrees.

B. Press into heels and drive hips up toward the ceiling.

C. Drop hips to return to starting position and complete the rep.

Do 15 reps.

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Intermediate Exercise 2: Single-Leg Bridge

fitness coach Chrissy King demonstrating how to do a single-leg elevated bridge tight booty exercise
Peter Ardito

A. Lie faceup and place feet hips-width apart on a couch or bench, knees bent 70 to 90 degrees. Extend right leg, pointing toes.

B. Press into left heel and drive hips up toward the ceiling.

C. Drop hips to return to starting position and complete the rep.

Do 15 reps. Switch sides; repeat.

(Here's how to do two more effective glute bridge variations to maximize your results.)

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Advanced Exercise 2: Stability Ball Bridge

fitness coach Chrissy King demonstrating how to do a stability ball elevated bridge tight booty exercise

A. Lie faceup with shoulders and arms along the edge of a couch or bench. Balance feet on a stability ball with knees bent.

B. Keep feet on the ball and drive hips up toward the ceiling, bringing them level with chest.

C. Drop hips to return to starting position and complete the rep.

Do 15 reps.

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Beginner Exercise 3: Lateral Step-Up

fitness coach Chrissy King demonstrating how to do a lateral step-up tight booty exercise
Peter Ardito

A. Stand with right side facing a step bench, holding a 5-pound weight in each hand in front of thighs.

B. Step up onto the bench sideways with right foot and squeeze glutes for 3 counts, then step down to return to starting position.

Do 15 reps. Switch sides; repeat.

(Want more variety in your tight booty workouts? Try these butt-lifting exercises that actually work.)

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Intermediate Exercise 3: Lateral Step Extension

fitness coach Chrissy King demonstrating how to do a lateral step extension tight booty exercise
Peter Ardito

A. Stand with right side facing a step bench, holding a 5-pound dumbbell in each hand in front of thighs.

B. Step up sideways onto the bench with right foot, then lift left leg 45 degrees to the side, pointing toes.

C. Hold for 3 counts, then step down to return to starting position.

Do 15 reps. Switch sides; repeat.

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Advanced Exercise 3: Lateral Jump

fitness coach Chrissy King demonstrating how to do a lateral jump tight booty exercise
Peter Ardito

A. Stand with left side 2 to 4 feet away from a step bench.

B. Keeping arms bent at sides, squat down slightly and hop up sideways onto the step, landing on left foot.

C. Bend knees slightly to hop back to starting position, landing on right foot.

Do 15 reps. Switch sides; repeat.

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