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5 EASY Moves To Get A Tight, Toned Butt

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    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.

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    Pistol Squat

    Begin with your feet hip-width apart. Lift your left leg up onto a chair or stool, keeping your legs straight, but be careful not to lock your knees.

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    Holding your arms straight out in front of you, lower your hips straight down as if you were doing a squat.

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    Lower your body as much as you can. The goal is to be able to get your lifted leg parallel to the floor.

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    Hold for three seconds at the bottom, then push off your right heel, and come back up.

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    We recommend three sets of 10 to 12 squats per leg.

    Extra challenge: Try doing these while holding a five-pound weight straight out in front of you.