10 Bodyweight Butt-Toning Exercises

This article originally appeared on Greatist.com

Newsflash: Your glutes exist for better reasons than just looking good in a pair of jeans. The major muscle group (made up of your gluteus maximus, medius, and minimus) is a key player in explosive movements like jumping and sprinting. A strong butt can also help relieve low back pain and make everyday movements—like standing and climbing stairs—that much easier.

To get the most out of those glutes, strengthen them with these bodyweight exercises, courtesy of Brynn Putnam, certified trainer and founder of Refine Method. You won't need any equipment, though a few require a step or sturdy chair. For some, you can up the intensity by holding medium-sized kettlebells or dumbbells in each hand.

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