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Quick at Home Pilates to Tone Your Toosh

Short on time? Or maybe looking to get a little bit of extra work for your butt? Give this quick workout a go!





A common thing I hear from female clients is that they cannot get their glutes to work properly, yet that’s the body part they want to work the most!


The glutes play an important role in stabilising the whole body. There are three glute muscles; Glute Minimus, Glute Medius, Glute Maximus. All three glute muscles should work together to provide power and stability and assist in good posture. However, sitting at a desk all day and lazy postural habits can cause the glutes to become lazy and weak.


When our glutes become weak or inactive, we tend to over-activate other muscle groups (like the quads and hamstrings) which can result in poor posture, lower back pain, knee, hip, ankle and/or foot issues–just to name a few.


“Knowing how to activate your glutes can dramatically improve your movement and decrease your chance of acquiring an injury and pilates is without a doubt one of the most effective ways to strengthen your glutes.


NOTE: You can do all of these exercises with or without a resistance band around your legs. Try starting off with no resistance band and then progress to a band after a week or two.


1. Clamshells

How-to: Lie on your side with your knees bent and your feet together. Stretch your bottom arm out behind your head and rest your head onto your arm. Create a little gap underneath your bottom waist, straighten out your back and engage your abdominals.

  • Lift your top knee up, while keeping your hips still.

  • Lower your knee back down and repeat.

Perform 20 reps on each side


2. Side-lying leg lift

How-to: Lie on your side with your hips and knees at a 90-degree angle. Stretch your bottom arm out behind your head and rest your head onto your arm. Create a little gap underneath your bottom waist, straighten out your back and engage your abdominals.

  • Lift your top leg up, keeping it in the bent position.

  • Lower your leg back down and repeat.

Perform 20 reps on each side


3. Hip Lifts

How-to: Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor.

  • Squeeze your glutes and lift your hips all the way up until you have a straight line from your shoulders, hips, and knees.

  • Try to keep your glutes switch on as you lower back down and repeat.

Perform 2 sets, 20 reps each.


4. Side glute kick out

How-to: Start in a 4-point kneeling position with your shoulders above your wrists and your hips above your knees.

  • Angle your right knee out to the side and then proceed to press your leg out to the side. Try not to let your left hip fall to the side.

  • Bring your leg back in without letting it touch the ground and then repeat on the left side.

Perform 20 reps on each side



Nicole x



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