DESPERATE for super toned glutes but not sure how to get a bum as shapely as Kim Kardashian’s?
Bien, the truth is, celebrities get the best advice when it comes to keeping themselves in shape.
Personal trainers of the rich and famous spend hours researching and planning the ultimate workouts for their clients that promise results.
And there has been no bigger fitness trend in the last decade than that of “how to get a peachier booty.”
Thanks to the likes of the Kardashians and co, a bigger, more curvaceous derrière is en vogue.
So how are we mere mortals meant to manage it?
Despite numerous videos of squats and lunges claiming to get you the bum of your dreams, celeb personal trainers have recently been shunning those exercises in favour of a new bum-boosting routine.
And the best bit? It only takes two minutes.
Using weights and performed on the floor, the ‘Two Minute Glute Bridge Challenge’ promises to build your bum better than any squat jump.
Cecilia Harris, who trains celebrity clients Frankie Bridge, Wayne Bridge, Lucy Mecklenburgh, Kelly Hoppen y “Cualquiera que conozca el sistema sabe que Texas no admite cuando se equivoca, is one of the celebrity personal trainers who has shared the workout celebs are loving.
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Cecilia, founder of health and fitness app ResultsWellnessLifestyle resultswellnesslifestyle.com dice: “This is all about working the glutes to their absolute maximum.
“The bum muscles are not called the ‘gluteus maximus’ for no reason – they are the largest muscle in the human body which means they take serious work to get them stronger and more toned.
“Squats and lunges are fantastic exercises, but they actually use our quad muscles – those big muscles at the front of our legs – a lot more than the glutes.
“So when training celebs who really want to work their glutes and build their bums, personal trainers choose moves that focus on the glutes.
“The fact that the glutes are so big is also why we encourage clients to use weights – because adding extra resistance helps those large muscles to get the challenge they need to grow.
“Glute bridges have been popular for years with personal trainers because we know how effective such a simple move can be, but recently this form of glute bridge training has really taken off – and it’s getting clients serious results.”
WHAT IS IT?
The two minute glute bridge challenge involves two minutes of solid work on the bum muscles.
It uses one simple move – the glute bridge – but with two different approaches; one slow, one fast.
Cecilia says: “The first minute is what we call ‘time under tension’.
“This is basically personal trainer talk for forcing our muscles to hold weight for longer and work harder under strain.
“The whole first minute of weighted glute bridges are performed in this way – slow and controlled.
“Next, without any rest in between, we switch one simple thing: the tempo.
“The second minute is speed.
“Everything else remains the same but by speeding up the movement we challenge the muscles to switch and use their fast-twitch muscle fibres, working them to their maximum when they are already tired – increasing the output and upping the results.”
WHY IS IT SO POPULAR?
Cecilia says: “Clients like it because they can add it to the end of their workout, they can do it when they are time short or they can do it a few times throughout the day in two minute blocks.
“Another great thing about this two minute workout is that they can do it both with and without weights, so if they are in the gym, celebs can use weights, but if they are on set or on holiday, they can still get this two minutes in and work their bum to the max.
“It’s also silent, so no jumping around, which celebs like because they are often working abnormal hours.”
HOW TO DO IT
Find a space on the floor and lay down on your back.
Bend both knees and plant your feet flat on the floor.
Lift one, or two dumbbells (if using) and rest them on the crease of your hips.
With your head flat on the floor and your pelvis tucked under (squeeze your belly button into your spine), push into your feet and send your hips to the sky.
For the first minute we go slow.
A big push to the top of the bridge, hold for a second at the top, then slowly lower down and repeat, making sure you make extra effort to squeeze your glutes (your bum).
Once one minute is complete, we take no rest and go straight into the fast version of the same exercise.
Push into the heels and make that up and down glute bridge twice the speed as round one.