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How Many Squats Must You Do for a Great Butt?

author image Janet Ashforth
Janet Ashforth first studied to become a personal fitness trainer for Gold's Gym in 1997 and currently owns her own fitness company. She uses fitness training, yoga, meditation, nutritional guidance and massage to guide her clients to health and wellness. She has held certifications from the American Council on Exercise and American College of Sports Medicine, and is a licensed massage therapist.
How Many Squats Must You Do for a Great Butt?
A woman is exercising with dumbbells. Photo Credit Vladmax/iStock/Getty Images

Squats are among the best exercises you can do to get a great butt. They target all of the gluteal muscles and work your legs as well. You can also do variations to place the emphasis more on your butt. However, getting a great butt with squats is not about how many you do. It's the frequency and intensity of the exercise that matters. If you follow some sound principles and cutting edge techniques you can see a significant change in your butt in approximately 12 weeks.


You have two types of muscle fibers: fast twitch for power and slow twitch for endurance. You must target both muscle fibers if you want to see a visible difference in the shape of your butt. Do a minimum of three sets per exercise and vary the number of reps from five to 15. Use heavier weights for shorter sets and lighter weights for longer sets. The best way to tell that you are using the correct weight is to set it so you can barely finish the set. You should fail on the last rep and your muscles should feel exhausted.


Your workout frequency is another important factor for getting the results you desire. Perform squats two times per week at a high level of intensity to see significant changes. The consistent use of your butt muscles will build larger, stronger and firmer muscles.

Wall Squats

How Many Squats Must You Do for a Great Butt?
Stick with traditional squats if you don't have access to a smith rack or stability ball. Photo Credit Photodisc/Valueline/Getty Images

To put more emphasis on your butt muscles try this squat variation. Place a stability ball against a wall and lean on it with your back. The ball should be level with your lower back. Walk your feet forward and bring your legs together. Bend your knees until your upper legs are horizontal to the floor, as when you are sitting in a chair. The ball will roll up your back. You can hold dumbbells in your hands for added resistance. This can also be done on a smith rack.

Safety and Tips

How Many Squats Must You Do for a Great Butt?
An injury can put you out of commission for weeks. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images

Always check with your doctor before starting a workout program. Warm up your muscles by doing 20 squats with a lighter weight before working with heavier weights. Your stretches should be done during and after exercise when your muscles are warm.
Pull your naval into your spine during the squat to protect your lower back, and never ignore knee pain. You should stop immediately if you feel pain in your joints or sharp pains anywhere. A healthy eating plan is just as crucial as exercise and is key to getting the results you yearn for.

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