Sculpting the perfect booty is a common goal amongst people in the fitness community today. Whether you’re a man or a woman, nobody wants to be the person with a flat pancake behind. In a world where many people turn to plastic surgery to artificially create the booty of their dreams, others are utilizing fitness and workout techniques to build it naturally.
The problem is many people are unsure of which programs can actually help you reach your goals. Many people mindlessly perform endless amounts of squats and lunges – hoping for the best results possible. However, if you aren’t taking the right steps to maximize your fitness goals to the fullest extent, you likely won’t get the best results.
In this piece, we’ll dive in and take a look at how you can build the booty of your dreams using scientifically proven methods.
Movements that work
Proper strength training is required in order to build your booty. Using targeted exercises and a combination of weightlifting, cardiovascular exercise, and proper nutrition will synergistically help you create the sculpted butt of your dream.
Here are some exercises you should incorporate into your training regimen:
Squats: As you’re probably aware, squats are one of the most effective exercises for targeting the glutes (1). Focus on performing body weight squats or simply add more weights for extra resistance.
Deadlifts: If performed properly, deadlifts help to work the glutes, hamstrings, and lower back at the same time. Be sure to stand with your feet hip-width apart, bend at the hips and knees to lower the weight towards the ground and lift it back up while maintaining a straight back. Technique is key as failure to properly execute these movements can increase the risk of injury.
Lunges: Lunges help to target the glutes while helping with balance and stability. Make sure your knees are bent at 90 degree angles and then push up to the starting position. Lunges can be performed as stationary or walking movements.
Hip thrusts: These exercises specifically target the glute muscles. Sit on the ground with your back against a bench and roll a barbell or place a weight plate on your hips and thrust hips forward.
Bridges: Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Lift hips on the ground by engaging your glutes and lower them slowly to the ground.
Now that you understand the types of movements to build your body, you have to choose a proper rep, set, and program structure that will best help reach your goals.
Program structure that works
Performing the right exercises isn’t enough when it comes to building the booty of your dreams. Structuring the program with the right exercises, reps, sets, and resting periods is equally important if you’re looking to maximize results.
Here is a sample program you can perform, but feel free to tailor the exercises specifically towards your goals.
Squats: Perform front squats or goblet squats (3 x 8 reps) using 80% of your total max.
Lunges: Perform reverse or walking lunges (3 x 15 reps)
Hip thrusts: Using a bench of elevated structure, perform (3 x 12 reps)
Cable kickbacks: Perform on a cable machine with ankle attachment (3 x 15 reps)
Rest for 1-2 minutes between sets and longer for compound movements such as squats. Over time, you should look to gradually increase the weights and resistance for each exercise. Progressive overload should be focused on by increasing weights and repetitions over time.
Mobility and stretching
Mobility and stretching are essential elements of a well-rounded fitness routine as they provide an array of physical and mental health benefits.
The benefits of mobility and stretching include:
Improved flexibility: Stretching increases the flexibility of your muscles and joints. You can enhance your range of motion and move more freely throughout daily activities and during exercise.
Injury prevention: Regular stretching can reduce risk of injury by improving the flexibility of muscles and tendons. Muscles become more flexible and able to reduce the likelihood of strains and tears.
Reduced muscle soreness: Stretching alleviates muscle soreness and stiffness after intense workouts. Blood flow is increased to the muscles and aids in the removal of waste products and delivery of nutrients.
Enhanced athletic performance: Improving flexibility and range of motion helps to improve athletic performance by creating more efficient movement patterns and preventing imbalances that lead to injuries.
Performing stretches correctly and safely is critical to avoiding injury and increasing flexibility (2). Whether it’s dedicated stretching sessions or as part of your warm-up and cool-down, you can use them to maintain and improve your overall mobility and well-being.
As with any type of muscle building program, adequate nutrition is a key component to achieving the best possible results. Efficiently building muscle requires effective nutritional plans to support proper muscle growth and development.
Make sure your diet plan includes the following:
Adequate protein intake: Protein intake is essential for muscle repair and growth. Aim to consume lean sources of protein such as chicken, turkey, lean beef, eggs and legumes.
Complex carbohydrates: Carbohydrates are the energy resource for your workouts, helping you to train harder and recover faster. Complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, sweet potatoes, and whole-wheat pasta help the body to sustain long-lasting energy.
Healthy fats: Include healthy fats in your diet to support hormone production and overall health. Omega-3 fatty acids found in foods such as salmon and certain nuts can help to reduce post-workout muscle soreness.
Caloric surplus: Consuming more calories than you burn is essential to building muscle, but don’t overdo it or else it can lead to extended fat gain.
Building muscle takes time, consistency, and adequate workout techniques. Using a well-structured workout routine will help you build muscle to repair and grow it effectively.
Rest and hydration
Rest and hydration play critical roles in the muscle building process. Here are some ways in which rest and hydration can impact muscle building:
Muscle repair and growth: Engaging in strength training and resistance exercises creates small tears in your muscle fibers. During rest periods, the body initiates repair processes that allow muscle fibers to heal and grow.
Hormone production: Sleep is critical to the release of growth hormone and testosterone – essential for muscle growth and repair. Not having sufficient sleep can disrupt hormonal balance and hinder further muscle development.
Injury prevention: Having an adequate amount of rest days can prevent overuse injuries and burnout. Each of these days can give your muscles, tendons, and joints the proper opportunity to recover and reduce the risk of strains and overuse injuries (3).
Muscle function: Water is essential for proper muscle function. Becoming dehydrated can lead to muscle cramps and reduce the muscles’ ability to contract – affecting strength and performance.
Nutrient transport: Water transports nutrients to cells helping to initiate muscle repair and growth. Hydration ensures nutrients such as amino acids, glucose, and electrolytes to reach your muscles (4).
Giving the body the rest and hydration it needs to recover will help to provide an optimal environment for muscle building and overall physical well-being.
Building the booty of your dreams doesn’t have to be difficult. Instead, focus on creating the proper workout program complete with a solid nutrition plan and efficient hydration and rest techniques.
If you would like to learn more about how to create an effective booty building workout, feel free to reach out to us. We’re here to help guide you on the path towards achieving the body of your dreams.