Exercises to help tone and lift your butt

Do you feel bikini ready? We aren't just talking about the few pounds around your midsection that can be difficult to shed. Have you been doing exercises to tone and lift your rear? If not, it's definitely time to start! You may be surprised at how a few simple moves can whip your back side into shape.
Don't worry if you aren't sure where to begin. We've compiled a few exercises that are proven to tone, tighten and lift your butt. Read on to learn how. 
1. Bench step-ups 
Bench step-ups are a simple solution to tone your butt. According to Shape, to complete this move you need a bench and a couple of dumbbells. Place your right foot on the bench and move into a standing position. Keep the movement controlled so that the muscles are fully engaged. Repeat this move 10 times per leg. 
2. Leg lifts 
Prevention indicates that leg lifts focus on your glutes. To accomplish this move, you should begin on all fours. Next, extend your leg straight out. Keep your toes pointed. Focus on tracing a letter in the air with your big toe to give the exercise a bit more of a challenge. 
3. Lunge touchdowns 
Fitness Magazine indicates that you should start with your feet shoulder-width apart and then lunge back with one leg and touch your arms to the floor. Your front leg will be between your arms. Raise one arm in front of your face with your palms facing forward. Alternate between your arms and legs. 
4. Deadlifts
Deadlifts are simple but very effective for toning your butt. According to Shape, to do this exercise, simply grab a couple of dumbbells and bend at your knees as you lower your torso forward and your bottom to the back until your torso is almost parallel to the ground. Be mindful of the dumbbells by keeping them as close to your body as possible. 
5. Toe taps 
Try out this exercise from Prevention. Start on your hands and knees and then extend one leg out. Cross your leg over your other leg and touch your toe to the ground. Be mindful of your body, and keep your glutes pulled in for the best results. 
6. Sliding squats 
Make your squats more effective by incorporating a towel. This exercise works on a smooth floor, not carpeting. As described by Fitness Magazine, stand with your feet together, right foot on a towel, and then shift your weight onto your left leg and bend at the knee. As you lower yourself, slide your right leg into a side lunge. The towel helps your foot slide on the smooth floor. Repeat for 30 seconds, then work on the other leg.
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