Firm Up With These 2 Butt Exercises

Get your butt back to work—but keep it perky in the process. Clocking time in a cube can wreck your rear. "The nerves that activate glutes can shut down, and the muscle begins to atrophy," says Sandra Hahamian, a personal trainer in Woodside, California. De-droop your derriere with these moves two or three times a week (and try some of SELF's best workouts when you hit the gym!). Do them between conference calls!


Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms straight out in front of you, hands clasped. Squat, shifting weight to right leg and pressing right side of butt back as you cross arms over to right side (as shown). Return to start for 1 rep. Do 10 reps, then switch sides; repeat. Do 3 sets of 10 on each side. Supersize your sculptor: Do the move 1 foot in front of a wall, bringing butt back to tap the wall when you squat.


Stand with feet hip-width apart. Squat and rotate torso to left, extending right arm across body to the left. Bend elbow to bring right hand in front of chest. Return to standing as you extend right arm to ceiling (think: disco arms!) for 1 rep. Do 10 reps, then switch sides; repeat. Do 3 sets on each side.

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