Strong, toned glutes are not only sexy — they also help to prevent injury and improve performance. If we don’t use our butt muscles enough (like if we sit all day at work), they stop working properly. This can eventually lead to back and knee pain.
These five exercises help firm up your butt! And the best part of these butt exercises is that they don’t require any equipment and can basically be done anywhere. However, if you want to use weights with these moves for added strength and muscle building, go for it!
Firm Butt: 5 effective bodyweight exercises to do at home
1. Jump Squats
Jump squats are a great addition to normal squats. You can do a superset of 15 regular squats followed by 15 jump squats. If you really want to fire up your muscles, you can add weights — burn, baby, burn!
2. Single-Leg Deadlift
This move recruits so many stabilizer muscles in the knee and ankle and even works the core tremendously, too.
Remember: This is one of those sneaky exercises that doesn’t seem too hard when you’re doing it, but you really feel the results the next day.
3. Curtsy Lunges
You might remember this from dance class or after a school play, but the curtsy is coming back to rescue the saggy booty. It hits the gluteus medius (side booty) as well as the inner and outer thighs.
4. Jump Lunges
No exercise makes your legs and butt burn like jump lunges. This bodyweight exercise is explosive, advanced and requires a lot of coordination and control. Learn to love this butt exercise and it will pay off.
5. Side Lunges
Glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps and inner thighs all get so much love from this move. Plus, the inner thigh on the straight leg gets a nice stretch, too!
Top Tips for a Glute Workout
As we all know, practice makes perfect. And change doesn’t happen overnight, especially if your goal is a firm butt.
If you want to be effective, include about 4 exercises in your butt workout and do as many reps as you need. The point is to really put your glutes to work. You should do the workout at least three times a week — then you’re guaranteed a strong, firm butt.