However, that aside, in the hopes of warmer days to come and even a few hours spent in shorts or even (gasp!) a bikini, there are parts of the body that need a little extra encouragement to look their best. For ladies, that’s very often the derrière.
Here are five of the best tush-toning exercises to do regularly before summer…
- Jump squats - Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Start by doing a regular squat, then engage your core and jump up explosively. When you land, lower your body back into the squat position to complete one rep. Land as quietly as possible, which requires control. Do two to three sets of 10 reps.
- Jump lunges - To begin, start standing tall with your feet staggered, your left foot slightly in front of your right. With your core engaged, push off the bottom of both feet into a jump, switching the position of your feet in midair, landing in a basic lunge with your right leg in front. Keep jumping up and switching feet for a total of 20 jump lunges. Do 3 sets.
- Stiff legged dead-lifts - Grab a weighted bar, kettle bell or two dumbbells using an overhand grip (palms facing down). Stand with your torso straight and your legs spaced using a shoulder width or narrower stance. Keeping the knees stationary, lower the barbell to over the top of your feet by bending at the hips while keeping your back straight. This can be a difficult exercise to master, so it’s a good idea to watch a few youtube instruction videos beforehand. Do 3 sets of 10-12 reps.
- Walking briskly on an incline squeezing your glutes with every step
- Hip thrusts - Begin seated on the ground with a bench or cushioned chair directly behind you. (Have a loaded barbell over your legs if you’re at the gym). Lean back against the bench so that your shoulder blades are near the top of it. Begin the movement by driving through your feet, extending your hips vertically. Your weight should be supported by your shoulder blades and your feet. Extend as far as possible, and then reverse the motion to return to the starting position. Do 3 sets to failure.
Keep up the cardio and focus on eating clean, whole-foods and you’ll feel a lot better about getting your vitamin D down at the beach when summer finally arrives...