When we hear the name “Kardashian” the first thing to come to mind is probably a collage of various images of butts. Big butts. But the notorious Kardashian sisters’ secret is out. We all know that you aren’t just genetically gifted; your doctor gave you that rear end, not nature and certainly not hard work.
First Kim Kardashian and then the younger sister Khloe Kardashian have publicly denied getting butt implants, and it is actually true that they don’t have them. Rather, they received butt injections which redeposits fat from the thighs and stomach to the butt. Semantics, really, because the result is the same and pretty obvious that those masses are not naturally occurring.
Many women envy the Kardashian sisters’ bootys, fake or not. They want curves, and they want them now! And, according to The New York Times, for about $10,000 you, too, can immediately have an end table for a back side.
We hate to burst your big booty bubble, but even surgery won’t give you the tight, toned, curvy body of your dreams. Why? It all has to do with the metabolic effects of muscle.
No workout equipment? No problem! All you need is a chair
Sitting too much is bad for your health, numerous studies suggest. But as AcaciaTV trainer Deazie Gibson demonstrates, a sturdy chair can also be a terrific asset for getting into shape — even when you’ve got no other equipment.
Using only a chair, do 1-3 sets of each of these four simple sculpt moves 3-5 times a week. Put them all together for a total body workout or perform one exercise every time you take a break from sitting.
Glute Bridge: Works core and glutes
Lie on your back in front of your chair. Place your heels on the seat of the chair so that your knees are bent comfortably. Slowly raise your butt and back off the floor, keeping your shoulder blades press firmly downward. Hold a moment at the top of the movement and lower down one vertebra at a time. Do 8-15 reps per set.
Chair Plank: Works core, shoulders, arms, glutes
Kneel down in front of your chair and place your elbows on the seat. Lift your knees up off the floor and extend your leg so your body is in plank position diagonal to the floor. Pull your abs inward and don’t allow your back to sag. Hold 10-30 slow counts.
Chair Squat: Works glutes and thighs
Stand tall about a foot in front of your chair facing away from it, feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees to sit back and down. As soon as you feel your butt lightly touch the seat of the chair, stand back up to the start. As you lower, your knees should track over your toes. When you stand back up keep your knees “soft.” Do 8-15 reps per set.
Chair Dip: Works chest, shoulders, triceps, core
Sit on the edge of the chair with a hand firmly gripping each side of the seat. Either bend your knees with your feet flat on the floor or straighten your legs and lift your toes up off the floor. With your arms straight, slide your butt off the chair. Bend your elbows to lower your torso towards the floor. When your upper arms are parallel to the floor, press back up the start. Do 8-15 reps per set.
And be sure to check out AcaciaTV’s 100-plus hours of streaming, on demand workouts. Like this routine, most require little if any equipment.
I love squats because they are functional and efficient. Squats strengthen the muscles that keep us mobile and independent. Every time we sit in a chair or use the bathroom we are squatting. When we can no longer do those things on our own we are in trouble.
So imagine the challenge for those who cannot do squats as a form of exercise. I encounter people all the time who can’t perform a squat, because of injury or chronic conditions, include squats as part of their exercise program. It can be a frustrating situation for both client and personal trainer. While this does present a unique challenge it doesn’t mean they have to resign themselves to a lower body workout of machine driven exercises like the leg extension.
Machines can have their place in a strength training program; however, some of them do put the body in an unnatural position. They don’t mimic real world movements. We live in a 3D world and are meant to move in multiple planes. Strength training is most effective for most people with movements that mimic real life motions. Also many clients have limited equipment at home. By necessity, programs must be designed that utilize simple tools like resistance bands and their own body weight.
If squats are painful or have been forbidden by your doctor, there are still many exercise options for your lower body. Try this workout combination for an effective leg workout sans squats. Do 2-3 sets of each exercise, 10 – 12 repetitions per set. (more…)
Although the butt of many jokes, Kim Kardashian’s booty is something many women would love to have. The obsession with having a bigger back end in this country isn’t really new. However, it may be new to think that you could get that Kardashian rump from yoga. Yes, that’s right, there are select yoga poses that concentrate on the glutes and will have you well on your way to a rounder derriere.
Add these six poses to your regular yoga routine to define and shape your own booty.
Chair Pose (utkatasna) – Although you should mostly feel this in your thighs, your booty should be doing a great deal of the work. This is another secret pose that quickly tones your legs, thus giving you a more shapely appearance. Remember to keep your pelvic bone tucked.
Bridge Pose ( setu bandha sarvangasana) – This will surely fire up your glutes, as well as provide more toning for the hamstrings. Try adding a block in between your knees for better alignment and an increased squeeze! (more…)
Tamara Grand, a personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and author of the popular health and fitness blog fitknitchick.com, knows a bit about helping women build muscle and lose fat.
Her brand new book, Ultimate Booty Workouts, not only describes a 12-week workout program for strengthening legs, butt and core, but also highlights the health benefits of strength training, dispels myths about women and weight lifting, and provides innovative suggestions for starting and sticking with a new exercise program.
Here’s an excerpt from her book:
Next to abs, butts are women’s favorite thing to complain about. Too big, too flabby, too flat, too little definition, too dimpled, not enough lift. Everybody wants Beyonce’s booty, but few know what to do to get it. The good news? Glue training is not rocket science. Combine targeted strength-training exercises with fat-melting cardio techniques and proper nutrition and you’ll be on your way to the booty of your dreams in a mere 10 to 12 weeks.