Over the years I have trained a lot of females and almost every single one of them has asked me which exercise I think is the best for tightening their bum or toning the back of their thighs. It seems the newest craze is women wanting more curves, meaning adding a little more “junk in the trunk”. The answer to this problem does not lie within some kind of fancy machine with a name like “butt blaster”, most of the best bum exercises are performed with your own body weight or free weights. Although there are numerous exercises that target this area including various forms of squats, deadlifts, lunges, and step-ups; in this article I’ll cover my favorite of them all:
The Single-Leg Romanian Deadlift
Talk about getting more bang for your buck, this is a great exercise for firming the glutes and the back of the leg (hamstrings); however, because it’s a single-leg exercise it also targets your ankles and hip stabilizer muscles at the same time!
Here’s How it’s done (form is very important in this exercise):
That is one rep, repeat for 10-12 reps on each leg for a minimum of 2-3 sets. The first few times you perform this exercise you may need to concentrate a lot on your balance, but the more you practice, the easier it will become. Practice in your living room without shoes on and without a weight in your hand to get the hang of it!
Here is an example of what it should look like:
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Michelle Roots BA Kin, CSCS, PES