There are many myths and misconceptions about exercise and most of them center around weight training. One of the most popular myths is that doing certain exercises will help you get rid of trouble spots. Despite evidence that spot training does not work, you might see people frantically doing crunches to get rid of a tummy pooch, or doing leg lifts to get rid of saddle bags.
While it is true that these exercises will strengthen and tone muscles, they don’t do much about the overlying layer of fat. The body draws energy from everywhere, not just the muscle you’re working at the moment, so the the only way to get rid of fat is to burn more calories than you take in.
If you want to tone up your backside, you’ll need strength training, cardio and a healthy diet, but there are great exercises for working the glutes, hips and thighs. Ask any fitness expert and they’ll probably agree that the squat is the best exercise you can do for your butt.
The reason squats are so effective is because it’s a compound exercise that works more than one muscle group. The muscles involved in a movement, the more calories you burn and the more weight you can use. Using heavier weight is how you build lean body tissue. The more lean body tissue you have, the higher your metabolism and the more calories you burn on a regular basis. In addition, you’re targeting every major muscle in your upper leg, up to and including your quadriceps (front of the thigh), hamstrings (back of the thigh), and gluteal muscles (the muscles in your rear).