Routine by Rita Catolino, fitness model, coach and trainer
Newsflash: The benefits of a strong, shapely butt go way beyond aesthetics. Great glutes won’t just maximize your confidence when you’re strutting down the beach this summer, they’ll also help support your frame to banish back pain and protect your joints, not to mention make you a more powerful sprinter, jumper and all-around athlete.
This workout is fast, but effective at working the glutes in a functional manner by targeting the medius, minimus, and of course, maximus muscles. Performed as a speedy circuit, the powerful combo of compound movements with isolation and unilateral exercises scores you a well-rounded routine—and rearview.
2. STABILITY BALL LEG LIFT
Set Up: Position yourself face down with a stability ball under your hips and thighs, palms flat on the floor. Bend your knees and raise your feet off the floor so your soles face the ceiling.
Action: Contract your glutes and press your heels towards the ceiling, raising your thighs off the ball. Hold for a breath, then slowly lower back down. Repeat.