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These Workout Moves Are Basically Like a Butt Lift

Let's go beyond your basic squat for the best booty ever
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It's swimsuit season! And while we believe that if you've got a body + a bathing suit then you've got a bathing suit bod, it's also fun to show off your nice bum in a cheeky bikini. So here are seven moves you can do every day — no gym required — to have a lovely, shapely, lifted booty.

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Curtsy Lunge
You know how Sir Mix-a-Lot "likes 'em round, and big"? Well, this move helps with both of those things. It builds muscle on the outside of the glute towards the hip (trust us, you'll feel what we mean tomorrow if you do the move today). Your quads are also working, and building one of the biggest muscle groups, which has fat-burning benefits too.

Start from a standing position, athletic stance. Cross your left leg behind you, at about a 45-degree angle, and bend both knees until your back knee touches the floor. Curtsy for the queen. Make sure that the front knee stays directly over the ankle. Repeat on the other side.

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Straight Leg Deadlift
This one is a whole body workout, but it targets the upper glutes, effectively lifting and firming them.

Start again in an athletic stance, with weights in each hand. (10-pound weights work well here if you've got them.) Hinge at the waist, keeping the back straight, and lower the weights with straight arms in front of your legs, bringing your chest parallel with the floor. Use your core and butt to pull yourself up to standing position, while keeping the weights close to the body and squeezing the glutes.

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Hip Thrusters
You may want to save this one for you at-home workout, but we won't judge — live your life. It's definitely on the more — shall we say — suggestive side, though.

If you're familiar with the glute bridge, this one is similar. Start sitting on the floor with your shoulders resting against the couch or bed, and a weight in your lap, like, right between your legs and torso. Bend your knees so your feet are resting on the floor. Now raise your hips up so your knees are at 90 degrees and your body is a straight line. Squeeze your bum at the top, the lower down slowly.

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Fire Hydrants
So you know how dogs lift their leg to, um, pee...? Well, this move is a lot like that, minus the actual peeing.

For this move, start on your hands and knees, with your hands right below shoulders and your knees hip-width apart. Keeping the knee bent at 90 degrees, lift your leg outward as high as you can, at least to your hip height, then come back down. Bonus if you want to/can extend your leg straight then bring it back to 90 before bringing it back to the floor. Do all of the reps you can on one side before switching to the other side.

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