Sideways Band Shuffle
See ya later, saddlebags! This move enlists your smaller glute muscles, tightening these stubborn trouble spots.
DO IT: Place a resistance band loop around your ankles and stand with your feet hip-width apart, hands on hips (a). Step your left foot to the left, placing as much tension on the band as possible (b), then bring your right leg to the left. Do all reps to the left, then repeat to the right side.
Keep your feet wide enough to feel tension in the band throughout each rep of this move.
Single-Leg, Single-Arm Reach
Do this move to stretch before a run, or at the gym to tone your backside.
DO IT: Stand on your left leg and raise your right arm in front of you (a). Lower your torso and lift your right leg behind you until both are parallel to the floor (b). Contract your glutes and hamstrings to return to standing. That's one rep. Do all reps, then switch sides and repeat.
Keep your spine neutral by bending only as far as you can without rounding your back.
Stability-Ball Back Extension
If you think this move sculpts only your back, think again: Your glutes do the work to pull your body up.
DO IT: Lie facedown on a stability ball, hands behind your head, feet against a sturdy object (a). Squeeze your glutes and lift your torso up until your body forms a straight line. Hold for one or two seconds (b). Slowly return to start. That's one rep.
Dumbbell Step Up
The reason this was the inspiration behind an exercise-class empire? It works.
DO IT: Grab a pair of five-to 10-pound dumbbells, stand in front of a bench or step, and place your left foot firmly on the step (a). Press down with your left heel and push your body up until your left leg is straight (b). Slowly lower back to the starting position. That's one rep. Do all reps with the left leg, then repeat with the right.