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Are There Exercises to Help You Get a Bigger Butt and a Smaller Waist?

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Inspired by her mother who passed in 2007, Katie Horner decided to take on a career in the fitness industry. Since opening her first health club in 2008, she has been an active industry entrepreneur and advocate. In 2009, she found her passion when she began teaching Muay Thai boot camp classes, and personally training clients. In 2013 she co-founded The FIT List, an online fitness community uniting people of all fitness levels.
Are There Exercises to Help You Get a Bigger Butt and a Smaller Waist?
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Unfortunately, there is no single exercise that builds a bigger butt while reducing the size of your waist. It is possible, however, to achieve both by following a well-rounded workout routine and making adjustments to your diet. Building a bigger butt requires strength training of the gluteus maximus muscles. Reducing the size of your waist involves toning your abdominal muscles and burning the fat that is covering them.

Basic Exercises for Building Bigger Butt Muscles

Are There Exercises to Help You Get a Bigger Butt and a Smaller Waist?
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To build a bigger butt, you must choose exercises that target the gluteus maximus, minimus and medius muscles -- more commonly known as the glutes. Basic glute exercises include squats, leg presses and lunges. If you are new to working out, start by performing three sets of 15 body-weight squats and lunges. As you progress, add weight to these exercises. Your butt muscles get bigger when you force them to adapt by increasing the weight. When your body is no longer sore from performing the exercise, it is time to increase the weight or switch up your routine. While performing squats and lunges, keep your weight back over your heels to avoid pushing your knees over your toes, which can result in injury.

Exercises Targeting the Butt and Abdominals

Are There Exercises to Help You Get a Bigger Butt and a Smaller Waist?
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There are some exercises that will help to strengthen both your butt and abdominals. Having strong abdominals will help to give you a flat, toned stomach after losing the excess stomach fat. For example, donkey kicks and leg wheel-ins are two exercises that help to strengthen both your glutes and abdominals.

Choose a resistance band for donkey kicks. On your hands and knees, hook your foot through one of the handles, and then hold the other end in your hand to control resistance. Kick your foot back, keeping tension on the resistance band. Contract your glutes and use your abdominals to remain balanced. Complete 15 repetitions, and repeat for each leg three times.

For leg wheel-ins, lie on your back and bring a stability ball under your heels. Lift your butt off the floor and hold. Squeezing through your glutes and hamstrings, roll on the stability ball so that your heels are almost touching your glutes. Extend back out, keeping your hips off the ground for the entire exercise. Engage your abdominals for balance and support.


Are There Exercises to Help You Get a Bigger Butt and a Smaller Waist?
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Cardiovascular training will burn fat and eventually decrease the size of your waist. The average person should start with a minimum of 20 minutes of moderate to intense cardiovascular training per day. Choose exercises and machines that also incorporate shaping and toning your lower body to build your butt while burning fat. Cardio machines such as stair climbers, ellipticals and bikes all have settings that target your lower body. Challenge yourself by increasing the incline or resistance. The Centers for Disease Control recommends using the talk test to determine the intensity of your workout. To know when you are participating in moderately intense exercise, you will be able to talk but not sing while performing the activity. If you are still able to sing, this means you are not working hard enough.


Are There Exercises to Help You Get a Bigger Butt and a Smaller Waist?
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The key to increasing the size of your butt while also slimming your waist is to eat a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates. In addition, drink at least a gallon of water per day. To calculate your daily protein intake, eat one gram of protein per pound of your body weight. Eating a high protein diet will help to keep lean muscle on your body while cardio burns the fat. Another key to a good diet is reducing the amount of processed foods in your diet. Focus on incorporating fresh, unprocessed foods and lean meats.

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