If one of your fitness goals is to get a bigger and rounder booty like Jennifer Lopez or Beyoncé, look no further than Pilates. The Pilates method of controlled movements combined with resistance on a reformer is the perfect way to achieve toned and sculpted butt and thighs.
“Your butt muscles – glutes – are just like any other muscle in your body, meaning with the right training it has the potential to grow in size,” says health and fitness pro, Roger Cahill. “Pilates training targets your glutes to build strength and increase your lean mass.”
And it’s not just Pilates mat exercises that can make a difference. The reformer takes your Pilates workout to a whole new level.
“I think the reformer adds extra resistance and can help strengthen and lengthen the muscles even further,” says Celebrity Pilates and yoga trainer, Kristin McGee. “It also helps as a tactile aid so people know truly where they need to be working from. The reformer also offers more and different exercises so it adds variety and keeps our muscles guessing.”
Here are some great Pilates exercises on the Pilates Power Gym to tone and sculpt your butt and thighs while also building your core strength:
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Help lift and tone your butt with the Bridge which targets your glutes
2) The Frog
3) Double Leg Stretch
Strengthen your rear thigh muscles with the Double Leg Stretch
4) Wide Plie
As always, consult with your doctor before practicing any exercise program.
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