6 Ways to Get a Firmer, Sexier Butt -- Today! (PHOTOS)

Lisa Fogarty | Feb 21, 2014 Healthy Living

There's a reason why Kim Kardashian is so popular -- and it has very little to do with ... anything little on her. Great butts are profitable these days. They can help catapult ordinary girls like Jen Selter to Instagram fame and give extraordinary girls, like Pippa Middleton, even more fans based simply on how their backsides look draped in one dress.

Even if you're not as blessed as these celebs, the good news is that there are so many effective exercises out there that target the buttocks, you will not get bored in your workout routine. From jump squats to the bridge, here are 6 of the best moves you can do to tighten and tone your derriere.

 

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  • Side Hip Drop & Kick

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    One of celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson's signature butt moves is called Side Hip Drop and Kick.

    1. Kneel down on all fours with your knees together.

    2. Keeping your knees together, drop your hips down to the ground.

    3. Lift up out of your shoulder, working through your abs. Rotate down onto one elbow and lift your leg -- toe pointed -- all the way up to the ceiling.

    For more Tracy moves, check out her YouTube video.

  • Lunge

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    Lunges are effective exercises that can be performed with or without 3- to 5-pound dumbbells. Stand in a split stance with feet about 2 to 3 feet apart. Bend your knees and bring one leg in front of you in a lunge, keeping your front knee behind your toes. Push back to your original upright position and repeat 10 to 20 reps on each side.

  • Jump Squats

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    Here's the way to perform a jump squat correctly:

    1. Stand straight up with your knees slightly bent.

    2. Squat down, keeping your back straight and your head up.

    3. Jump upwards, reaching as high as you can with your hands.

    4. Return to your starting position and immediately repeat the move.

    ** For a real challenge, try squat jumping onto a surface that is slightly higher than ground level. A small step should work nicely.

  • Attitude Position

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    If you've ever danced, you've probably heard of the Attitude position. It's great because it targets the butt, hamstrings, and lower abs. Here's how ballerina Mary Helen Bowers recommends performing them:

    1. From a kneeling position, extend one leg to hip height behind you with the knee bent. 

    2. Pull the stomach in flat, and lift the leg higher, keeping relaxed through your upper body.

    3. Lower your leg to hip height and then lift it again.

  • The Bridge

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    Yet another amazing move from Mary Helen Bowers of Ballet Beautiful, the Bridge can be performed anywhere and requires no equipment. Here's how to do it:

    1. Sit on the floor with your legs out in front of you, knees slightly bent, arms in first position (coming together in a crescent over your knees), and stomach pulled in tight.

    2. Extend back 30 degrees, twist your upper body, and pull your stomach in tight, scooping your belly button in toward your center.

    3. Keep pulling your abs in as you change sides, rotating from left to right.

    4. Repeat, doing four sets of ten.

  • Leg Up Lift

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    The Leg Up Lift is a great workout for the buttocks and back of the legs:

    1. Lay flat on your back with your palms down. Lift one left about 45 degrees from the ground and place all of your weight on the other leg, which should be bent at the knee.

    2. Squeeze your buttocks as you lift up, pushing all of your weight onto the leg and foot that are on the ground.

    3. Return to the starting position.

    To view this exercise in action, check out the YouTube tutorial.

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