We all know that big, round butts have made a resurgence in popularity in the last few years, thanks in no small part to social media and physique-envy. Where once people craved small booties like runway models and having a “big ass” was the worst insult one could muster, we’re now a society proud of some extra junk in our trunks.
And if you’re like many people who exercise regularly, on a quest for a plumper peach (and health and overall fitness, of course), then you aren’t alone.
But did you know that aside from filling out your pants easier, the advantages of having strong glutes are actually quite innumerable? For example, strong glutes can decrease your risk of injury in your knees, hamstrings, groin, and
If you’re looking to up your “booty gains” and round and firm your butt, we’ve put together a list of the 5 best exercises to do just that with examples of strength training.
The benefits of squats are many, especially because they’re great for targeting all kinds of muscle groups. They’re especially effective, however, when it comes to rounding out and shaping your butt muscles.
There are plenty of variations of squats, but the barbell squat “allows you to hit the glutes and hamstrings with more volume…”
When you squat, you want to make sure you have proper squat technique, while focusing on your stance and always putting safety first.
Check out the video below to see how to do a squat:
If you’re looking for different kinds of squats, you can also try out the goblet squat and bottoms-up squat.
2. Hip Thrusts
While fun to do because they’re quite sexually suggestive, hip thrusts are a definite must when building your butt muscles. The barbell hip thrust, as demonstrated in the video below, involves sitting with a bench behind you and placing a weighted barbell across your hips.
These are also known as Bridge and Weighted Hip Extensions.
Honestly, lunges are the exercise I hate the most but always leave my legs feeling the best afterward. Lunges focus heavily on your quads, but it’s your glutes that help you “return to a standing position.”
They’re fairly simple to execute, as you can see in this video below on how to properly squat.
But make sure you avoid a few common lunge mistakes, like the “tightrope lunge,” the “heel pop,” the “upper-body drop,” and more.
Referred to as “the king of mass gaining exercises” by Bodybuilding.com, I’d think that’s enough of a ringing endorsement to convince you to add deadlifts to your gym routine.
In fact, deadlifts aid in developing core strength because it assists your body “in almost every movement and position.” It’s also the best movement for developing strong glute muscles.
If you’re curious to try this exercise out, watch the video below to see how to properly do a barbell deadlift:
5. Bulgarian Split Squats
According to Bodybuilding.com, positioning is key when it comes down to how to do a Bulgarian split squat properly because the farther your front leg is in front of you, “the more emphasis you place on your glutes.”
Strength training is a vital part of any fitness routine. Why? It reduces fat, increases lean muscle mass, and burns calories more efficiently. According to Mayo Clinic, the benefits of strength training include developing strong bones, managing your weight and chronic conditions, and more.
Before you start, make sure you’re prepared and educated and that you understand the science and practice of strength training. Always speak to a doctor or fitness professional who can guide you and assist you in creating a strength training workout plan. For yourself, learn about how much weight is best for strength training, which strength training exercises are best, and anything else you might not be certain of.
Note: The tips in this article should not be taken as medical or professional advice. Always consult a doctor or fitness professional before engaging in any fitness activity.
7 pampering products to make you feel like a true f*cking queen
Time to treat yourself like the queen you are! What better way to get started than with these 7 luscious and indulgent pampering products?
Little Moon Essentials Tired Old Ass Aromatherapeutic Mineral Bath Salt ($25.99+): Soak your problems away in a luxurious bath with Tired Old Ass Aromatherapeutic Bath Salt. This revitalizing product “will soothe away” your aches and pains. It “contains a unique blend of salts especially high in iron and trace minerals, and 100% pure essential oils of rosemary, eucalyptus, vetiver” and more.
Amazon rating: 4.8/5 stars
16 combo pack of DERMAL Collagen Sheet Masks ($15.99): “A new essence mask… to penetrate highly concentrated active ingredients into the skin while keeping… your tired skin moistened, elastic, and clear.”
Amazon rating: 4.5/5 stars
Jade Roller ($14.47): “The Royal Jade Roller by
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Aveeno Nourishing Hand Mask ($5.30+): “Pamper your hands with Aveeno Nourishing Hand Masks. These hand gloves are enriched with prebiotic oat—known to have soothing and nourishing properties—to sooth dry skin, leaving your hands visibly soft, smooth, and healthy-looking.”
Amazon rating: 5/5 stars
The Body Shop Drops of Youth ($19.00): “Infused with a unique blend of plant stem cells, this innovative concentrate helps to enhance skin condition, leaving it looking smoother, fresher, and healthier.”
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Brown Sugar Body Scrub ($14.98): “Keep your skin looking toned and moisturized with Majestic Pure Brown Sugar Body Scrub. Real brown sugar crystals and natural humectants help prevent moisture loss while gently buffing away dry skin cells. This revitalizing formula contains a superior blend of carrier and essential oils to nourish and moisturize the skin.”
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Olay Facial Cleansing Brush ($30.09): “The ProX by Olay Microdermabrasion Plus Advanced Facial Cleansing Brush System delivers proven results by helping exfoliate for visibly improved texture after two uses.”
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5 basic reasons sleeping naked is the way to go
We all know how good sleeping naked feels and anyone who tells you they hate it is probably lying. But as it turns out, bedtime without the extra layering of pants and underwear can mean a few really good things for your body.
A survey from Mattress Advisor has found that 65 percent of millennials prefer sleeping naked, while 69 percent of people say sleeping naked is more comfortable, 54 percent say it’s far more relaxing, and 54 percent say they sleep better overall.
5 reasons you need to be sleeping naked
1. Protect your sperm and your testicles
So apparently we can all just throw our underwear away because according to Atlantic City-based urologist Brian Steixner, M.D., sleeping in your underwear can actually increase your likelihood of getting an infection. Since bacteria thrive in warm, moist, areas, your underwear that keeps that heat and moisture in need to go.
Plus, Allan Pacey, a leading fertility expert and researcher at the University of Sheffield in England, told the New York Post, “We have known for some time that men who increase the temperature of their testicles, either through the heat exposure at work or by wearing tight underwear, have poorer semen quality compared to men whose testicles are cooler.”
2. Better sleep quality
We all know how hard it is to fall asleep if you’re too hot, right? Since your core body temperatures need to drop by about half a degree or so for you to fall asleep, shedding those briefs before bed means that your body can cool down quicker. And while you may not lose sleep overall if you’re too warm, you will notice you’re lacking in that really important deep sleep that leaves you feeling refreshed when you wake.
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3. Burns calories
A 2014 study in the journal Diabetes found that sleeping in a cold bedroom may activate brown fat cells (a healthy fat that’s stored in your neck and burns calories in order to generate body heat).
Two months into the four-month study, in which five healthy, young men slept in a climate-controlled bedroom for four months, brown fat volume had almost doubled. Those same men burned more calories throughout the day and their insulin sensitivity improved.
4. Increase oxytocin production
It’s no secret that laying naked with your partner is a good thing. But it can actually have some physiological benefits. Skin-to-skin contact can trigger the release of oxytocin, which can protect the heart by lowering blood pressure, reducing anxiety, and boosting your immune system.
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5. Give your love life a boost
According to a survey of 1,000 British adults, couples who sleep in the nude tend to have happier love lives. The survey found that “57 percent of nude sleepers were happy with their relationship, compared with 48 percent of pajama-wearers.”
Justin Trudeau ‘upset’ by Canada’s restriction on gay and bisexual men donating blood
There’s being a passive ally and there’s being a vocal ally, and Canada is lucky to have found the latter in its prime minister, Justin Trudeau.
Trudeau was accepting an award at the Toronto Hilton hotel from Egale Canada, the human rights group, for his LGBT+ advocacy efforts, and said that his government was “working” on current regulations that forbid gay and bisexual men from donating blood within one year of having had sex with another man (a rule that previously stipulated five years until 2016).
“Yes, we’re working on it, but I’m upset too that it’s not there yet,” he said, according to the Canadian Press.
“Our entire government is committed to full equality for the queer community,” he added. “You have my word on that.”
The Canadian Blood Services is “exploring the possibility of moving toward behaviour-based screening,” which could help them figure out a long-term solution.
Seems like a pretty paltry system, considering the UK has recently relaxed its laws surrounding gay and bisexual men who can donate blood, reducing the grace period to three months, rather than one year.
Dr. Gail Miflin, medical and research director at NHS Blood and Transplant said the change was based around the available medical and scientific evidence.
“We have one of the safest blood supplies in the world. Anyone may require a blood transfusion in the future and so it’s in all our interests to ensure that we work hard to keep blood safe for patients,” Miflin said.
“This starts with selection of donors before they give blood. Everyone must answer questions on their health and lifestyle before they donate and answering these questions correctly is crucial, in order to keep blood safe.”
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