But after countless attempts to give my derrier a little lift to no avail (I think I have writer's butt), I resorted to the squat. Maybe it's psychological, but I saw a difference by the third day. I'm not saying everyone should be doing squats, but I thought it was worth noting how effective they are.
So, here's my good morning calisthenics routine:
50 demi plie pulses
20 full plank pushups
1 minute of belly pulls
What are demi plie pulses?
You stand as pictured below (with or without the weights) and do small pulses up and down. Go as low as you can without sticking out the bum.
|image via Whole Living|
What are belly pulls?
They are the only thing that gets my abs defined without making me look so 'straight up and down'. When I did Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred, I saw a lot of definition in my abs but lost the small ounce of hourglass shape I had. Doing belly pulls helped get it back, and more so.
How to: Get on all fours, hold in your stomach as much as possible, hold for a minute. Do not let your belly release even the tiniest bit. In fact, you should feel like your pulling your muscles in more as the minute progresses and you have to fight gravity (and fatigue).
I know this exercise routine is not extensive, nor effective, for everyone, but it certainly has helped me in surprising ways. Have my quads gotten bigger? Not as far as I can tell. But my butt does look a lot better and I think that's pretty fun (wink).
What's your go to butt move?