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Are Butts Really The New Abs?

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Over the years there’s been a rise and fall in the number of body parts that gym goers tend to focus on, and although history tends to repeat itself, it looks like the new craze over having a tight and perky booty has not receded. Many women, and even men have been flocking to personal trainers and fitness websites in an effort to gain more information on better techniques and form for exercises that might tighten and lift the gluteus maximus. It seems that butts might really be the new abs and arms of the workout world.

The Proof Is In The Media

One of the easiest places to find out what the latest and greatest trend in current fitness is has to be the media. Magazines, television, movies, and even music videos boast an assortment of celebrities, models, and civilians alike working hard to tone their rears and gain muscle and definition in an area that used to be used for nothing more than sitting on. Barbara Russi Sarnataro of Medicine Net explains:

Begin standing with your back to a chair, feet hip-width apart. While keeping your weight centered on your heels, draw in your abs and hinge forward at the hips slowly lowering your butt toward the chair. Pause right before you would sit down and return to standing while keeping the core engaged.

This is something that you can do at home, at the office, or even at the gym if your fitness facility offers chairs or benches to workout with. It gives you support if you should fall back, but allows for the same ease in shaping your body into that sitting position; in fact, it makes it a little easier because you’re using reflexes built into your body and mind as your brain registers that you’re going to be descending into that chair. Just remember not to let your butt hit the seat, as you want to use the resistance and effort it takes to get back up as a way to tone and work those muscles.

Why You Need To Work Hardersquat

It’s important to not only know what you’re working for, but why you’re working so hard to get there. Whether you’re doing these exercises for yourself or because you want to fit in with the trend setters, you’ve got to understand that no kind of body toning or sculpting comes easily. Even to those with talent and genetics, it will take time and work to get your buns looking like those of cover models, and even after you’ve mastered your workout there’s no real guarantee that it will look exactly the same because your genetics will still play a huge part in how your body is formed. This doesn’t mean that you can’t improve the way you look in a swimsuit, just that it isn’t going to look exactly like the girl next to you in yoga class. Jen Sinkler of Women’s Health Magazine writes:

Due to the hours we sit behind desks and in front of screens and compounded by inadequate training the glute muscles eventually sit back on their haunches and let the hamstrings and lower-back muscles take over their main job of extending the hips and rotating our femurs in their sockets.

If you find that it’s hard to stay on track and motivate yourself then you might want to consider joining a class. Spin, yoga, and body sculpting classes are great places to meet like-minded people and get on the right track.

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Written by Ingrid Macher

Certified Health Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Motivator - I have a passion for helping people change their lives. I started out helping my friends and now I give advice and tips to perfect strangers who have now become my friends. I love what I do and I wouldn’t change my life even if I could. This kind of happy is truly a gift and I’ll do whatever it takes to be able to give this gift to others.

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