The Royal Wedding may have been Kate and Will’s big day, but the bride’s little sister unsuspectingly stole the show — months later, we’re all still talking about her amazing figure on display in that iconic, white Alexander McQueen dress.
Good Morning America reports that the “Pippa butt lift” is becoming a huge plastic surgery trend. Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Constantino Mendieta reveals 20% of his butt lift patients specifically ask for a derriere like Pippa’s. “People want those dimensions. She’s just gorgeous,” he said.
You don’t need to go under the knife to get a toned, trim backside—just follow these exercise pointers and you’ll be showing off your bridal tush in no time.
Butt Blast Cardio Tips:
Running is an excellent cardiovascular activity that burns fat and helps tone and trim your lower body. Many of my clients notice a flattening of the gluteus maximus when they begin to run with more frequency.
For an added butt booster, try running on an incline 1-2 days per week. If you’re using a treadmill, set the incline at level 2 or 3. If you’re an outdoor runner, find a loop that has a few challenging hills. It’s also important to balance your running with weight training exercises that strengthen the buttock area. (Plus, it’s always nice to have a little extra lift in those favorite pair of jeans!)
Try these power moves to add a bit more bounce to your butt! Aim for 3 sets of 12 repetitions, 3 times per week.
Exercise #1: Butt Lifts
1. Get into a push-up position on the floor and put a fitness ball underneath your shins so that your feet are off the floor. Hands should be in a direct line with your shoulders.
2. Flex your right foot and squeeze your butt as tight as possible. Tuck in your abdominals.
3. Slowly raise your right leg off the ball, about 4-6 inches. Remember to keep your butt contracted and don’t let your lower back sag.
4. Slowly lower your leg to the starting position, try not to touch the ball, and then repeat for 12 repetitions.
5. Repeat sequence with your left leg.
Exercise #2: Sumo Squats
1. Stand with your legs more than shoulder width apart. Your toes should be pointed slightly outwards. 2. Hold a light dumbbell out at arms length in front of you, one end pointed towards the floor.
3. Keeping your back straight and chest out, bend your knees and slowly lower your body towards the floor. Make sure to push your heels into the floor as you lower—toes should remain flat on the ground. 4. Push yourself back up, focusing on keeping your butt and inner thighs tight. Repeat to complete the suggested number of reps.
Exercise #3: Reverse Lunge
1. Standing with your feet together, keep your arms at you side and hold a light dumbbell in each hand, palms facing in.
2. Starting with your right foot, step backwards by bending both knees. Left knee should stay over toes, right knee should almost touch the ground. Focus on keeping your back straight, abs tight and chest out.
3. Push yourself up with your right foot, back to starting position. Switch legs and repeat the sequence of moves. A cycle of each leg counts as one rep.