If you want to achieve a firm, well-proportioned butt, you'll need an exercise regimen that targets your glutes and thighs for extra toning work. A home workout DVD can help you shape and sculpt your lower body without needing extensive equipment or expensive personal training. The best butt workout DVDs will keep you motivated, dispel workout boredom and, of course, improve your rear view.
Your Best Butt Fast
This DVD is produced by "Self" magazine as part of its Body Basics series. It's fairly no-frills, but there's no need for extras when the basic offerings are so well focused. The 45-minute routine incorporates kickboxing, plies and leg lifts, squats and lunges and finishes with an extended yoga section. Instructor Violet Zaki's warm personality is the key to this disc's success as she helps motivate you through the intermediate-level workout.
Brazil Butt Lift
Leonardo Carvalho's Brazil Butt Lift techniques have been taking the fitness world by storm ever since he started teaching classes at New York City's Equinox. This package offers Carvalho's trademarked program for turning your flat or sagging bottom into rounded buns any South American beach bunny would be proud of. The DVD offers five workouts ranging from 15 to 50 minutes long; much of the work is dance-based, though there is some work with light weights and resistance bands as well. The packaging and price point, plus the unbelievably gorgeous models, can make this DVD seem overhyped, but don't be fooled. Carvalho makes these challenging routines fun with energetic dance music and a winning smile.
Perfect Legs, Glutes and Abs
Michele Olson leads this challenging exercise DVD that offers two 25-minute segments to tone your thighs, belly and butt. With a doctorate in exercise physiology, Olson knows how to target little-used muscles and really give them a workout. As Fit Bottomed Girls puts it, "you see her legs shaking during some of the lunge moves, and you know your legs are dead meat." Needless to say, this is an intermediate to advanced disc.
Best Bun & Leg Shapers
Denise Austin is a familiar face in the world of fitness media, leading fitness routines on TV and video since the early 1980s. This DVD offers seven different workouts, each 10 minutes long -- ideal for slotting into an otherwise busy daily schedule. Austin combines squats and lunges with yoga and Pilates-based movements to target and shape your buns. If you like Austin's chatty commentary, there's plenty here; if not, there's an option to turn it off.
10 Minute Solution: Belly, Butt & Thigh Blasters
This is another DVD offering short, focused workouts you can slot into your daily routine with ease. Jessica Smith leads the action in five routines focusing on your lower body, including a "Better Booty Camp" for your butt. The pace is brisk, which is perfect for packing in as much work as you can into a slim time slot. Many of the moves rely on the use of a resistance band, which is included with the DVD packaging.
Exhale: Core Fusion - Thighs & Glutes
Husband and wife team Fred DeVito and Elizabeth Halfpapp lead five 10-minute workouts designed to tone your thighs and butt. The routines are based in Pilates-style movements with lots of repetition and stretching, so it's not the most high-energy DVD you'll ever encounter -- there's no cardio, just strength training and sculpting. It's good if you're looking for a more sedate, almost meditative take on fitness training.