Wondering how to get a bigger booty? Not surprising, because the rate of butt lift surgery rose 252 percent from 2000 to 2015 and the most popular procedure is the Brazilian butt lift – in 2017 there were 20,301 recorded procedures.
But going under the knife isn’t your only option. You can grow your glutes without surgery. If you want to know how to achieve your perfect peach goals, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, you’ll learn about everything there is to know about getting a big bum.
A strong butt prevents the dead butt syndrome – pain and injuries of the back, hips and knees, helps you maintain balance and good posture, and gives you a more enchanting look.
Of course. It’s possible to grow your booty by performing exercises that engage the gluteal muscles, which will make your bum shaped, firm and strong.
Let’s mention the anatomy of the glutes briefly. Did you know the glutes are the largest muscle group in your body? The gluteus is made of 3 muscles: gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. Each of them has its specific function and, in order to build your best butt ever, you will have to engage all 3 muscles.
1. Position: when you’re doing lunges, tilt your torso forward to 45º to feel the “burn” – this angle makes your butt work harder.
2. Deep squats: deep squats (where your hips dip below your knees) can almost double your glutes’ contribution as you return to a standing position.
3. Single leg moves: in comparison to double-leg exercises (squats), single-leg versions (single leg deadlift) make your bum work an extra 33% harder.
1. You don’t have the proper form
This should be common sense, but, as with any exercise, you can’t just start doing it without knowing how to perform it properly. Otherwise, you risk getting injured – ouch, as well as not reaching your peach goals. Before going deep into the squat, make sure your form is good. Proper form is essential when you’re exercising to make your booty grow bigger.
2. You’re doing only one exercise
Do you still believe squats are the only exercise you have to do to grow your butt? To see real results, you need to target the whole muscle area, which can be easily done by doing variations of squats and lunges like lateral squats, side lunges and hip thrusts. Aside from switching your booty building workout routine from boring to fun, you’ll notice the results faster.
3. You’re not using enough resistance
After a while, your muscles get used to the exercise, which means you have to step up your game and add some more resistance. Otherwise, your muscles will cease growing. You can do so with the help of resistance bands, simply choose the tension level you want (light, medium, or heavy.) Don’t be afraid of stepping out of your comfort zone and using heavier weights either, your glutes can handle them. When it starts getting “easy” again, switch to bigger weights.
4. Your diet is all wrong
If you’re trying to lose fat and build muscle at the same time, chances are you’re not seeing much progress unless you’re a beginner. Choose what is more important to you and focus on that first. To lose the layer of fat that’s on the booty, you simply have to be in a calorie deficit, do strength training and eat enough protein to keep the muscles. If you want to build muscle, you have to be in a calorie surplus. Mind you, that doesn’t mean you can eat whatever you want and how much you want, not even if you’re training hard. You need a good diet packed with veggies, lean protein and good fats.
5. You have unrealistic goals
Nowadays, a big butt has become an indicator of a healthy body, along a perfectly flat stomach, thin arms and legs with no cellulite, stretch marks and the like. All that because we’re bombarded with pictures of how a “perfect” body should look like. But being skinny and having a big butt are not indicators of being healthy.
Most of us have gone too hard with exercising and dieting at least once in our lives, and if you’re making the effort and not seeing results, maybe your goals are unrealistic. Gluteal muscles respond well to a consistent and varied workout routine, but only in proportion with our body as a whole.
6. You’re doing too much cardio
The best type of exercise to increase the size of your butt is strength training. Doing too much cardio can affect your gains, yet cardio should be included into the workout program. Try doing strength training and cardio on different days, but if you have to do them in the same day, do strength training first – otherwise you risk the possibility of getting injured.
7. You’re skipping rest days
Everyone wants to get a bigger but fast, but your body and muscles need to rest from all that exercising. Muscles grow when you’re resting, not while you’re working out. Resting gives your muscles time to repair and recover, but over-training yourself may lead to a higher risk of injury – which is your body’s way of demanding a break.
This is a low-skill exercise designed to put little harmful stress on the body. It opens up your hip flexors and activates your glutes and core.
How to do a hip thrust: Begin seated with your back against a bench. Lift your hips up from the ground until they’re aligned with your shoulders. Or, if you’re doing it from the floor, your hips will end up in an upright position as the highest point of the lift.
Frog pumps is one of the best exercises for building a strong booty.
How to do frog pumps: Place your feet together and spread your knees out. You begin in an abducted and externally rotated hip position. Tuck your chin, shoulders down, and when you’re at the top, squeeze the glutes.
You don’t even need weights to feel the burn. Resistance bands are also a great piece of butt workout equipment. Use them to add a little extra to your butt lift workout.
How to do a band hip thrust: Place your feet underneath your knees so your legs form a 90-degree angle. Take a deep breath inhaling through your belly. Push your feet through the floor and drive your hips up into full extension. Hold and squeeze your glutes, then lower with control.
If you do yoga, this move may be familiar to you. But don’t underrate this exercise. Start with your own bodyweight or a light weight and slowly progress to a heavier load. Your booty gains will be epic.
How to do a barbell glute bridge: Place the barbell just above your pubic bone with a bar pad like the squat sponge and/or the band just above your knees. Chin tucked, lower back flat against the floor. Lift your toes off the floor and push through your heels to maximize glute activation.
Not only will this exercise make your booty pop, but also enhance your hips function and overall performance. Include this bad boy into your glute day workout routine or even on your rest day if you feel like exercising – it’s easy to recover from it.
The setup: Use the knee of the non-working leg to trap the resistance band to the floor. Place the other side of the band just above the knee of the working leg.
How to do a hip extension: Your knee should be fixed at a 90-degree angle and you want to extend your hips while turning your toes out slightly at the top.
This is where you use the tip number 1 😉
How to do a dumbbell sumo squat: Hold one end of a dumbbell with both hands. Stand with your feet wide apart and pointing 30 to 45 degrees out to the sides (sumo stance). Keep your arms fixed and your torso upright. Inhale as you lower the dumbbell toward the floor by flexing your hips and knees. Go down for 4 seconds. Descend at least until your thighs are parallel with the floor, hold for 3 seconds, and then exhale as you quickly push yourself back up to a standing position.
If you don’t like lunges… This will make you hate them. But if you want killer booty gains, do your lunges like this.
How to do a diagonal walking lunge: Stand with your feet hip-width apart and take a dumbbell in each hand. Take a large diagonal step forward with one foot. Bend your rear knee and lower your body to the floor. Your front knee will form a 90-degree angle. Repeat with your other leg.
I’ve saved the best for last. This is the exercise you need to include in your workout routine to build your glutes. To extend the range of motion, perform it lying on a bench, and if you really want to be extra, add an ankle weight.
How to do a side lying hip abduction: Lie down on your side on a mat with your legs extended and hips in a parallel line, one on top of the other. Bend your lower arm underneath your head. Exhale while raising your upper leg to just above your hip joint. When you feel your hips and back start to tense, stop and hold the position for one to two seconds. Inhale and slowly lower your leg to its starting position, keeping it straight and stacked directly above the lower leg. Flip over to your opposite side and repeat the process with your other leg.