Sculpt, shape and tone your tush with this celebrity trainer's tips

By Harley Pasternak
Updated July 18, 2012 12:00 PM
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Tush, rump, derriére – no matter what you call it, there’s no denying that an incredible backside has launched many Hollywood careers.

So who should be crowned Best Butt?

This debate pops up so often that there are entire websites dedicated to the question.

Some like small perky butts like those found on Gisele Bündchen, Adriana Lima, Jessica Alba, Blake Lively, and Maggie Q.

Others prefer buxom, rounder butts like Rihanna, Sofia Vergara, and Jennifer Lopez.

Or you may favor fuller, more prominent butts like Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé.

Regardless of what your butt looks like, all of these shapes are healthy and fantastic.

My job requires me to help my celebrity clients sculpt, tone, shape, and tighten their tushes (well, improve upon what their parents gave them). Here are a few easy ways to transform your bum.

The Skater Lunge

Have you ever watched figure skating? You’ll notice ice skaters have the best butts in the world! The skating motion really targets the glutes. The skater lunge tries to mimic that motion by working your lower body side to side more so than traditional lunges. Standing upright, step back and across your body with your right leg, dropping your right knee almost to the ground just outside of your left foot. Then drive back up and across. Repeat the same with the other leg.

The Stiff Leg Dead Lift

While keeping your knees locked (with a tiny bend in the knee), stick your butt back as far as you can without rounding your lower back. Roll your weight on your heels and you drive your butt back, then onto your arch as you stand up right. As you feel more comfortable with the movement, try adding some weight (like dumbbells or a HarleyBar).

The Superman

Lay on your stomach keeping your legs and arms straight. Next, gradually lift your limbs a few inches off the floor and hold for two to five seconds. This helps strengthen your lower back and upper butt, which lifts and shapes your seat.

You may be wondering why a lower back exercise named after a superhero will help you get a perfect butt – that’s easy. This exercise works the muscles of your lower back and upper butt. By strengthening this region, you will help lift and shape your butt while emphasizing the sexy “sway back” that helps make a good butt look like a GREAT BUTT!

Try doing each of these exercises for three sets of 20 reps a couple times a week, and you’ll have a better booty.

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