11 Butt Moves That Beat Basic Lunges


Basic lunges aren’t bad for your butt and thighs, they’re just inherently boring — and they only work your backside from one angle.

To stop yourself from falling asleep during your workouts (the worst way to tone your butt and thighs), sprinkle in some variations from certified fitness trainer and Gymnetics co-founder Lana Ector.





These moves will up the ante by challenging your balance, working both sides of your body at once, or changing up your plane of motion to strengthen your butt and thighs in new and *~ExCiTiNg~* ways. Pick a few moves to add to your regular workout, doing up to three sets of 10 to 12 reps on each side. Or, hell, try them all if you don’t plan on moving much tomorrow.

1. Reverse Lunge

How to do it: Stand up straight with both feet together. With your left foot, take one large step backward. Bend both knees about 90 degrees, keeping your shoulders over your hips and front knee behind your front toes. Press into your front heel, and squeeze your butt and thighs to return to starting position. Repeat on the opposite side and continue to alternate.


2. Side Lunge

How to do it: Stand up straight with both feet together. Keeping both feet facing forward, take a large step to the left with your left foot. Bend both knees to sit your hips back, keeping the knees behind the toes. Press into your heels to come back to center, then repeat on the opposite side.






3. Around-the-Clock Lunges

How to do it: Stand up straight with both feet together. Take a large step forward with your left foot and bend both knees 90 degrees, keeping your shoulders over your hips. Return to starting position and squeeze your butt. Keeping your toes facing forward, step the left foot a few feet to the side and bend both knees 90 degrees with your chest high. Step the left foot back to starting position and squeeze your butt. Step the left foot back into a reverse lunge. Bend both knees 90 degrees, keeping the shoulders stacked over the hips. Bring the left foot back to starting position and squeeze your butt. Repeat front, side, and reverse lunges on the opposite side and continue to alternate between left and right sides.


4. Lunge and Twist

How to do it: Start by standing up straight with feet about hips-width apart and hands clasped at chest height. Take a large step forward with your left foot and bend both knees 90 degrees, keeping your shoulders over your hips. Twist from the waist to turn your upper body to the left as far as you can without compromising your balance. Twist back to center, then step your left foot back to starting position. Repeat on the opposite side, this time twisting toward the right. Come back to starting position to repeat one rep, and continue to alternate sides.


5. Curtsy Lunge

How to do it: Start standing up straight with both feet about hips-width apart. Keeping your shoulders over your hips, step your left foot diagonally behind you to the right, then bend both knees 90 degrees. Push into the front heel to come back to standing position, then repeat on the opposite side and continue to alternate.

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