Toning the Glutes!
It’s Summer. That means many of us will be hitting the beach or swimming pool looking to show off our new swimsuits and more importantly our bodies. The chest, biceps, triceps, back and abs all play a pivotal role in one’s physical appearance. However, one area that tends to be overlooked in most workouts are the butt and legs.
Everyone wants to have a nice butt – it looks good, however there are also other more important reasons why one should not neglect their glutes. The gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus are responsible for abducting, extending, and internally and externally rotating your hips. They also help improve your body’s alignment, enhance athletic performance and aid in preventing injury.
Sherry begins the workout by starting with a two legged squat. Start with your feet hip distance apart planted flat on The Total Gym baseboard. Bend your knees and squat down into a nice slow and controlled movement. Be sure to squeeze your buttock muscles on the way up to achieve maximum results. Keep your breathing slow and controlled as well for ultimate efficiency.
Challenge yourself by using one leg to do your squats. Alternate between both legs and you will start to feel the burn in both your buttocks and quadricep muscles. Take this exercise one step further and give yourself an even bigger challenge by transitioning into jump squats both one legged and two legged.
Finally, Sherry concludes with a great way to end your leg and butt workout with a seated leg curl. Start with your feet locked into the attachment located at the top of The Total Gym and sit up straight. From here, pull your legs all the way up squeezing your hamstrings and buttock muscles in the process. Make sure your breathing and the pace you are doing this exercise are slow and controlled. If you are having difficulty doing the seated leg curl sitting up, try lying down on your back to make it a little bit easier. Do about 12-15 reps to improve your toning and increase your sets as your fitness level improves.
We would like to thank Sherry Goggin for showing us an amazing way to work our butt and legs. If you are interested in learning more about The Total Gym, please visit Total Gym Direct. Look for more great workout tips coming soon to Total Gym Pulse!