more burningThis week’s best butt exercise is simple, but oh-so-painful!

Don’t worry, it’s the good kind of pain – the one that makes your muscles burn like they’re on fire, but also lets you know that your body is on its way to being fitter and stronger.

Exercise: Butt Burns
Muscles worked:  Glutes, Quads,Hamstrings, Core
Jolie Recommends: 50 reps per side for 3 sets, with a 1 minute break between sets.
Difficulty rating: 4
Effectiveness rating: 8

I’ll let you take a guess at why this week’s exercise has a name like “butt burns”.

Let me tell you right now that you should be feeling this one in your butt if you are doing it right!

You’ll need a step or other raised surface to work on, something that is sturdy and has about 6-12 inches of height.

If you don’t have something you can use at home, get yourself something like an inexpensive rubbermaid step, or ‘the step’ (adjustable height) if you’re feeling a bit more fancy, they will do the trick, and something like ‘the step’ is also perfect for step ups and other multi-level exercises.

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Otherwise, feel free to use a set of stairs, a sturdy box or chair. These options are zero cost, so there’s no excuses!

If you’re really stuck finding a step, you can actually do this move on level ground too (though it is definitely more effective with a step).

Best Butt Exercise #23: Butt Burns

Here’s how the butt burns are done:

How to Do the Move

  1. Start standing with your right knee bent so that your right foot is up on your step and the left is off to the side on ground level.
  2. You’ll need to transfer all your weight onto your right leg, engaging your core muscles for balance.
  3. Sit your butt backwards into a 1 legged squat position so that your weight is in your heels. The deeper you squat, the more burn you’ll get!
  4. Keeping your weight on your right leg, stretch out your left leg behind you and gently touch your pointed toes to the ground. Reach both arms out overhead.
  5. Bring the left knee up in front of you while pulling back with your arms. This is one rep.
  6. Repeat for the desired number of reps, then switch sides.

Perfecting Your Form

  • Maintain the same height while doing this exercise.  Your head should not bob up and down. Only your arms and the leg which touches down to the ground should move.
  • Keep the bent knee in line with the toes and pointing forwards, without letting it extend forward over the top of the toe.
  • Aim for slow and controlled reps until you perfect your form and balance.
  • Sinking a little deeper into the squat will really get the butt working.

Reppin’ It

This is a high intensity exercise and will get your heart rate up for a little bit of sneaky cardio!

Aim for 50 reps on each side, and try for 3 sets total, resting 1 minute (or more if you need) between sets.

For those who are advanced and want a bit more of a challenge, try these with a set of light ankle weights on – whew! Just don’t blame me when your butt is too sore to move over the next day or two!


Best Butt Exercises: Butt Burns
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