Natalie Thomas, Us' deputy news editor, is hitting the gym with Buff Brides author Sue Fleming (Katie Holmes was a devotee prior to marrying Tom Cruise!) before saying "I Do" to her beau of three years, Zach Friedman, on May 30.
The grass is always greener, isn't it ladies?
If you have a butt, you want less of it. If you don't have one, you want one. Whether it's Jennifer Lopez's behind or Gisele Bundchen's booty you covet, these 5 moves from Sue Fleming are sure to whip that backside into shape!
5 Top BUFF Butt Moves
Getting a great butt requires you to do some of the exercises where you use all of your leg muscles.
1. Buff Walks
-Standing, hold a light pair of dumb bells at your sides, palms facing in.
-Take a large step forward with your right foot.
-As you step forward, your left knee should bend towards the ground.
-Your right knee should stay over your right toe.
-Return to starting position and the step forward with your left foot.
-Walk 10 steps forward and 10 steps back for one set.
-Repeat for three sets.
2. Pulsing Squat
-Stand with your legs two to three times shoulder width apart. Keep your toes pointed at a 45-degree angle. Sit back and down like you are sitting in a chair.
-Slowly lower your butt down about 2-inches and then back to the starting position. Keep pulsing up and down for 25 repetitions. Then hold the starting squat position for 25 seconds.
-Repeat sequence 10 times.
3. Bridge Adductor
-Lie on your back with your knees bent and press your hips up into a bridge, creating a 90-degree angle with your knees.
-Extend left leg and bring it out to the side while keeping your hips up.
-Aim for three sets of 10 reps; then switch legs.
4. Super Glutes
-Place ball under your pelvis.
-Place your hands flat on the floor, shoulder width apart.
-Tighten your butt muscles (glutes).
-Raise both of your feet upward, tighten your abs and hold for two seconds.
-Lower and repeat for three sets of 12 reps.
5. Butt Lifts on Ball
-Place a fitness ball under your shins.
-Walk your hands forward so you are in a push up position. Your hands should be shoulder width apart.
-Keep your back straight and your abdominals pulled in.
-Keeping your right leg straight and heel pointed, raise your right leg off the ball.
-Pulse up and down for 15 reps, and then repeat with the opposite leg.
-Do three sets of 15 reps.
-- By Natalie Thomas for UsMagazine.com
Catch Sue Fleming this summer in Long Island's wine country with her new workout program, BUFF on the VINE.