PERSONAL TRAINER Q&A
By Mia and Rich Finnegan
Q: What’s the best exercise to help build, shape and tone the butt? Are there more than one you would recommend?
A: This is a great question for us because we not only love a nice butt, but we love training butt. If you ask most personal trainers, they’ll probably say “the squat” is A#1 in their book for training glutes, but we disagree. We don’t disagree that the squat is a great compound exercise for the legs and glutes combined, but for targeting the three muscles of the glutes (gluteus maximus, medius and minimus), you need a variety of hip extension and hip abduction-type exercises.
The glutes are one of the largest muscle groups in the body and saying that one exercise is enough to target them would be like saying all you need for quads is leg extensions.
Getting back to the question, our favorite combination of butt…