Squats are sometimes referred to as, “the king of all exercises,” and with good reason. Squats are a full body fitness staple. The simple squat movement works a multitude of muscles in your body. Squats engage the hips, glutes, quads, hamstrings, calves, lower back, and sneakily strengthen the core. If you’re looking to burn fat, you want to do exercises that engage as much of your body as possible.
Most women list their backside as a trouble area. It is, unfortunately, where the female body tends to carry a majority of it’s fat cells. Show me a woman who doesn’t want a nice round, lifted behind. Squats are, hands down, the best exercise to lift and tone the booty.
Before you add weight, check your form:
- Place feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart, hips stacked over knees, knees over ankles.
- Initiate movement by inhaling and unlocking the hips, slightly bringing them back. Keep sending hips backward as the knees begin to bend.
- While the butt starts to stick out, make sure the chest and shoulders stay upright, and the back stays straight. Keep the head facing forward with eyes straight ahead for a neutral spine.
- Make sure your legs are, at least, parallel to the floor. Do not let your knees extend past your toes.
- Engage the core, and exhale while driving through the heels to return to standing. Imagine the feet are spreading the floor (the left foot to the left, right foot to the right) without actually moving the feet.
Not convinced it’ll help your booty? Need some more proof? Check out these pics: