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Top 3 Exercises for a Strong, Tight Butt

A Tight Butt Workout for Every Fitness Level

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Whether you're wearing a fitted pair of jeans or a LBD, a tight butt is a wonderful accessory. And while there are many effective ways to strengthen your glutes (our 30-day squat challenge is a stellar place to start!) personal trainer Chris Santo has three moves to help you get a tight butt, no matter what your fitness level might be.

How it works: Choose your track—beginner, intermediate, or advanced—then do 1 set of 15 reps for each of the three tight butt exercises in your category, with little or no rest between moves. After you’ve finished the third thigh butt exercise, repeat the entire circuit 2 more times for a total of 3 sets. Start by doing this tight butt workout twice a week. Once it starts to feel like you can breeze through the moves, step up to the next level and/or increase it to three or four times a week.

What you’ll need: A pair of 5-pound dumbbells, a step bench/any elevated surface, and a stability ball. (BTW, here’s all the home gym equipment to stock up on to be ready for pretty much any workout.)

Beginner Exercise for a Tight Butt: Deadlift Squat

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  • Stand with feet wider than hip-width apart, holding a 5-pound dumbbell in each hand at inner thighs.
  • Bend both knees 90 degrees, coming into a squat (form check!), lowering weights toward the floor.
  • Stand and repeat.

Do 15 reps.

Beginner Exercise for a Tight Butt: Elevated Bridge

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  • Lie on the floor and place your feet hip-width apart on a couch or bench, knees bent between 70 and 90 degrees.
  • Press into heels and drive hips toward the ceiling.
  • Drop your hips and repeat.

Do 15 reps.

Beginner Exercise for a Tight Butt: Lateral Step-Up

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Do 15 reps per side.

Intermediate Exercise for a Tight Butt: Bent-Knee Deadlift

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  • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding a 5-pound dumbbell in each hand at inner thighs.
  • Bend knees 30 degrees, coming into a shallow squat.
  • Keep your back straight as you bend forward from the hips, lowering weights toward the floor.
  • Squeeze your glutes and slowly stand.

Do 15 reps.

Intermediate Exercise for a Tight Butt: Single-Leg Bridge

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Do 15 reps per side.

Intermediate Exercise for a Tight Butt: Lateral Step Extension

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  • Stand with your right side facing a step bench, holding a 5-pound dumbbell in each hand in front of your thighs.
  • Step up sideways onto the bench with your right foot, then lift your left leg 45 degrees to the side, toes pointed.
  • Hold the tight butt move here for 3 counts, then return to start.

Do 15 reps per side.

Advanced Exercise for a Tight Butt: Balancing Deadlift

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  • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, knees bent about 30 degrees.
  • Holding a 5-pound dumbbell in left hand, extend right leg back and lower weight toward floor.
  • As you stand, kick right leg forward to hip height.
  • Lower to start and repeat. (Related: The Best Lower-Body Deadlift Workout for Women)

Do 15 reps per side.

Advanced Exercise for a Tight Butt: Stability Ball Bridge

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  • Lie with shoulders and arms along the edge of a couch or bench.
  • Balance feet on a small (25- to 35-centimeter) stability ball, knees bent.
  • Keep feet on ball and press hips toward ceiling, bringing them level with chest.

Do 15 reps.

Advanced Exercise for a Tight Butt: Lateral Jump

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Do 15 alternating hops per side.

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