One of the most sought after body parts and honestly the hardest to shape. Genetics play a huge role but with time, consistency and dedication to this body part you can fight genetics. For most people, the biggest problem with toning and tightening this area of the body is lack of muscle control and getting rid of the fat layer that sits on top of the muscle. Diet and fat-burning exercises are the keys to losing unwanted inches. Getting your glutes to respond to exercise requires that you understand the muscles. The next important step is to learn to control the muscles while exercising. The buttocks are comprised primarily of muscles, although many would argue that their rear ends are completely loaded with just fat. This becomes a main issue for many women since the body chooses to store fat in the area of the buttocks. Eventually, your body can store so much fat in that area it would appear to look like cottage cheese (cellulite). This type of fat is very resistant to diet and exercise, but over a period of time, it is possible to remove cellulite from the body almost completely.

It is also very important to recognize that the body does not “spot reduce.” The exercises listed in this article will tone and tighten the muscles, but you will have to lose body fat overall, including your gluteal area, to achieve your butt-tightening, backside-toning goals.

Butt Basics: What you need to know about your booty
The buttocks are comprised of the gluteus maximus, medius and minimus. These are the three primary muscles, although there are other muscles in this area that are also worth considering: the deep obturators, which are buried deep under the surface; the piriformis muscle (often associated with sciatic pain); and the quadratus femoris.

It is important to learn how to control the buttock muscles – beginning right now! While you are reading this article, start squeezing your buttocks together. That’s right; while you are sitting there, start flexing your butt muscles. Try to flex the right side and then the left. Do you have control yet? If you want to start to see results from those tush exercises, you need to be able to completely control those glutes.

Learning how to flex the gluteal muscles while you use them will enhance any exercise and result in the use of more muscle fibers. That means faster results. Recruiting more muscle fibers provides a greater response to the stimulus. For some people, this flexing is easy and natural; for others, it is a constant battle. In addition to flexing and strength training, mixing in some exercises during cardio is a great way to tighten up the buttocks and make the muscles respond faster than by simply walking on a treadmill. For example, follow every five minutes of cardio with 50 deep-knee squats. It’s simple, but effective; it mixes up the cardio and forces more muscle stimulus to the buttocks area.

My Top Five Glute Exercises:
1. Squats—deep squats squeezing glutes at the top.

2. Walking lunges—20 per leg with barbell on back.

3. Glute Kickbacks using moderate weight.

4. Side Lunge with resistance bands at ankles.

5. Single-Leg Squat.

Cardio Program #1
Walk for five minutes at 3.0
Do 50 deep step-ups
Walk for five minutes at 4.0 (incline optional)
Do 50 deep-knee squats
Jog for five minutes at 5.0
Do two minutes of camel walks
Walk for five minutes at 4.0

Cardio Program #2
Walk for five minutes at 3.0
Do 50 deep step-ups
Lunge on the treadmill for five minutes at 2.5
Do 50 deep-knee squats
Jog for five minutes at 5.0
Do five minutes of camel walks; then walk for five minutes on full incline at 3.0
Walk for five minutes at 4.0

As with any exercise program, the key to success is to start slowly, stay focused, and continually try to improve. Trust me, you’ll see results before you know it if you stay the course. Have fun, talk to your doctor or personal trainer if you have any questions, and enjoy the process.

Thanks for reading!

Felicia Romero
IFBB Figure Pro
Owner of AZ Pro Physiques
IFBB Figure Athlete and Fitness Model

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