6 Butt-Toning Exercises for Women

There are at least 70 synonyms to describe your butt—many of them slang terms often used in a derogatory or inappropriate fashion.

No matter what you call it, though, your gluteal muscles are critical for keeping your body in alignment and aiding efficient movement, especially in the hips. Weak glutes can impact your efficiency and strength, affecting how you run, squat, jump and do other common forms of activity. It's important to build those muscles to keep your hips aligned and rotating properly.

National Academy of Strength and Medicine certified personal trainer Kathleen Uhran, who founded She Rocks Fitness, recommends six exercises to work your glutes. These moves will not only improve your range of motion, but also keep your backside tight and firm, providing the toned look many women strive for.

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