Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Butts a Droopin'

So, I figured I would start off with my blog posts talking about ‘butts’. I am not talking about a hot guys rear-end ladies. I am talking about yours…….which is probably dropping towards the floor as you read this entry!! That’s right. Unless you are actively working your derrière at least a few times a week or you were blessed with fantastic genes (that’s ‘genes’, not ‘jeans’) you are suffering from Gravity Drooping Syndrome. I know…..No good. No bueno. That sucks. And, boo!

Why is this happening?? Well, we gals are naturally dominant in our quadriceps; meaning that we will use the front of our legs before we will use our glutes and hamstrings. The reason you had that great looking tushy when you were younger was because you climbed jungle gyms and did cartwheels and actually chased boys across the playground! Unless you plan to take up recess again and dust off the ole’ kickball and work on your agility 5 days a week then I recommend the following exercise at least 4 days a week for the next 3 weeks to help boost your behind.

Maybe after you have defied gravity you can go reward yourself with a new pair of those expensive designer jeans to show those bummer (pun fully intended) genes who’s boss!!

Plie Squats

Start standing with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width (about 3 to 4 feet apart) and toes turned out. Tuck your tailbone under and squat down with a flat back as if you are sliding your back down a wall. As you squat, pull your knees back so they bend over your ankles (but not over your toes!). Once your thighs are parallel to the floor, press back up to standing by pressing through your heels and squeeze your inner thighs and glutes as your legs straighten. Do 20 reps inhaling as you lower down into the squat and exhaling as you press back to standing.

Then, lift one heel off the floor and keep it raised as you do 20 more reps and then switch sides.

Finish, by keeping both heels on the floor, sinking in to a deep plie squat (thighs parallel to floor) and pulse low for 20 counts.

Note: If you feel this more in the front of your legs than in your rear-end put more weight in your heels so it targets your gluteals and upper inner thighs.

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