12We’re living in a golden era for the booty.

And if you’re looking to #werq those muscles (better known as the glutes), you’ve got a ton of options that go way beyond your standard squat. Where to start?

We consulted master trainer Courtney Paul, founder of the CPX Experience, who gave us 11 moves that are challenging, glute-toning, and totally unexpected.

“Maintaining strong glutes is essential for the body to operate and function properly as a whole,” he says.

“When your glutes are weak, the hip flexors — which are the glutes opposing muscles — will begin to overpower, pulling the body forward and creating bad posture and lower back pain.”

To do these exercises, you’ll need dumbbells (and a kettlebell, if you can find one, otherwise, a single dumbbell will work), a mat and a step. Let’s get to work!

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