Double Duty: This Move From a Trainer Will Strengthen Your Booty and Your Core


Exercises that work your booty with added benefits are the best kinds of exercises (who doesn’t like something extra along with booty gains?). NASM-certified personal trainer Emma Lovewell is here to share some good news for you: moves that challenge your glutes and core do exist! Emma knows a lot about the core — she launched a four-week Crush Your Core program on Peloton’s digital app not too long ago — and she told us that her favorite exercise for working both your deep abs and your booty is glute bridge marches.

Emma explained to POPSUGAR, “A regular glute bridge requires you to engage your transverse abdominal muscle, your deepest ab muscle, and your glutes when you’re pressing your hips up, moving against gravity. Adding the march with the legs is a more advanced move and requires deeper core and glute engagement to keep your hips stable while your legs are moving.” Normally, these should be done in a full-body or leg-focused workout, she said, noting that you will also feel your hamstrings working and that the move is good for hip mobility and lower-back strength as well.

If you’re in search of an entire workout that targets your abs and butt, check out this 30-minute circuit. And, if you want more from Emma, check out her two-move plank sequence for obliques. Ahead, you’ll find full details on how to perform glute bridge marches and suggestions for making the exercise easier and advanced.

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