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LADIES: 7 Reasons why your butt isn’t getting bigger no matter how much you work out

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Reasons why your butt isn’t getting bigger

LADIES: 7 Reasons why your butt isn’t getting bigger no matter how much you work out

Reasons why your butt isn’t getting bigger – Lunging and squatting on the regular, and still not seeing the sculpted booty you set out to tone? “It’s absolutely a common problem,” says Bret Contreras, Ph.D., C.S.C.S. But while genetics plays a huge role in your glute size, “even people who don’t have strongest glutes are able tdramatically transform those muscles once they start exercising right,” he says.

We talked to a couple of top trainers about the mistakes they see women making when it comes to sculpting a rounder rear. Whether you’re doing the wrong workouts or simply not working your glutes to their fullest, here’s what might be preventing you from seeing real change.

7-reasons-your-butt-isnt-changing-no-matter-what-you-do-ss1If you’re a newbie to glute workouts, you may not know how to activate your glutes—which means you won’t see results, no matter how often you work out. “When you stand up or walk upstairs, you use your quads. But you don’t use your glutes as much in everyday life,” says Contreras. “They ‘fall asleep,’ and you need to learn how to use them again.”

Here’s how to test your mind-butt connection: While standing, try to squeeze one butt cheek as hard as you can. For some people, nothing much (or at all) happens. But you can learn to make the connection. Try to squeeze your glutes similarly anytime in the day when you’re standing, like while you’re doing the dishes. Then mindfully activate your glutes during your workout warmups with clamshells or walking band abductors (placing a resistance band just above your knee and stepping outwards). During exercise, really think about the muscle you’re aiming to engage instead of just going through the motions. “You’re trying to establish that mind-body connection to increase the nervous system’s ability to contract the glute, so you’ll use them more,” says Contreras.

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