This article was originally published February, 20 2015.
When it comes to fitness goals, getting a firm, tight butt is the one we hear most often — by a wide, wide margin. It seems like no matter how many minutes we log on the Stairmaster or how many squats we do, that truly juicy booty always manages to elude us. Not surprisingly, some of us get a tad obsessive in our quest for a natural-looking, yet substantive, backside. Lauren Caruso, our Contributor Network Editor, sums up the problem in typical succinct fashion: "I just want a really sick ass-to-hip ratio. And, let's face it — my hips aren't getting any smaller."
So, for the sake of Lauren's ratio — and all of yours — we brought in Taye Johnson, personal trainer and one of our favorite SoulCycle instructors. (It's not just us — apparently David Beckham comes by on the regular, with Harper in tow!) And, trust, she definitely brought the goods. Scroll through for five seriously genius moves to target your glutes and outer thighs, as well as a little core and leg toning thrown in for good measure. If these don't get your ass into high gear, we don't know what will.
Photographed by Geordy Pearson.
Hair and makeup by Jess Plummer; Styled by Willow Lindley.
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