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Build your best beach butt! says, “The three players that make up your glutes are the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and the gluteus minimus. The maximus is pretty much the M.V.P. It creates the shape of your butt and works anytime you raise your thigh to the side, rotate your leg, or thrust your hips forward.”

In addition, “The other two, the medius and minimus, work together to aid your gluteus maximus in raising your leg to the side. Plus, those smaller glute muscles help rotate your thigh outwards when your leg is straight, and inwards, when your hips are bent.”

Here are two simple, yet effective exercises – requiring no equipment – to strengthen the Butt.

Marching Bridges
Lie faceup with knees bent at 90 degrees, feet flat on the floor. Lift your hips into a bridge. While holding hips still and your right knee bent, lift your right foot off the floor – stabilizing with the left foot. Hold for five seconds. Slowly lower your right foot to the ground. Lift your left foot off the ground. Repeat on the other side.

Single Leg Bridges
Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Lift your left leg straight up above you, toes pointing at the ceiling. Your left knee should be directly over your left hip Raise your hips and lower them back to the ground, keeping your leg in the air. Repeat on the other side.

Remember, you should always consult your physician before beginning any exercise, diet, or nutritional supplementation program.

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