While exercising may be about leading a healthy lifestyle and feeling good about yourself, a scroll through Instagram hashtag #fitspo can reveal the one body part that the Internet is obsessed with:a toned bum. In celebration of Michelle Bridges’ newest exercise DVD launch ‘Booty Blitz’, the fitness expert shares three of her favourite exercises to tone and firm, and they can all be completed in the comfort of your living room.
Why it’s great: This exercise is so easy to do, you’ll want to do it even during the ad-breaks. “I love this exercise because it involves your whole body, it's great for agility and coordination, and it just feels like you're a kid again when you do it!,” says Bridges.
How to do it: Squat down so that you can place one hand flat on the ground, and the other up in the air. Jump, and swap arms, so that the opposite hand is flat on the ground, and the other is up in the air. Repeat.
Beast leg lift
Why it’s great: This one is seriously a cinch to do - all you need is a flat surface, and you’re good to go. “This is such an awesome all over body exercise - even though it looks deceptively easy,” warns Bridges. “Everything has to work - arms, shoulders, core and legs. And your booty will burn like it's been blitzed when you're doing this.”
How to do it: Start by kneeling on the floor on all fours (use a mat if you need), with your legs perpendicular to your back. Raise your knees about two inches from the ground and use your core to hold your body up. Then, kick your left leg out so that it is in line with the rest of your body, and then slowly bring your knee back in line with the right one Repeat each leg for 20 seconds, with a 10 second rest between each leg.
Curtsey lunge to side kick
Why it’s great: This may look like the hardest exercise to do, but the burn you feel afterwards in your bum, legs and abs will totally be worth it in the long run. “This exercise works multiple planes of movement and requires balance, coordination and strength,” explains Bridges.
How to do it: Start by standing with your feet hip width apart, then pick a leg to focus on, such as your right leg. Place your body weight on your right foot, lunge back with your left leg, then in one swift movement, kick your left leg out in front of you whilst maintaining a straight back. Complete each leg for 45 seconds.
Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinot noir, she has a healthy obsession with fake tan smell, wispy false lashes and CND Shellac in the shade Romantique. Her words and styling can also be found in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Women's Health, and previously in SHOP Til You Drop and Cosmopolitan.