8 Amazing Squat Variants That Truly Tone and Tighten Your Butt

Women everywhere know that one of the best tricks to achieving a firm, round rear is the classic squat, which is proven and effective.

The exercise has become a staple for women’s routines the world over, and not only tones the butt muscles, but also works the abs and core, the thighs and calves, and even the hamstrings.

Classic squats are great, and remain a go-to exercise for newbies and veteran health nuts alike, but for women really looking to get the most out of their workout, there are plenty of variations that will take your routine to the next level.

 

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Below are some great examples of squat variations that will work your lower body in new ways for increased benefits and results you’ll notice quickly!

#1: Squat and Lunge

This variation of the classic squat adds a step forward, followed by a bend of both legs.

Commonly done in reps of 15, this exercise is a great addition to any workout arsenal, and provides a further workout for muscles in the lower body.

 

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#2: Side-to-Side Squats

This take on the classic squat strenuously works the back, thighs, and hips.

Adding a jump to the traditional step, this exercise is also commonly done in reps of 15, and can be modified further to the user’s preference.

Some users also add a kettlebell for further results.

 

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#3: Plie Squat

One of the most common variants of the classic squat, this technique focuses on the thighs in addition to the core and glutes, and works the lower body into shape with a more vigorous level of exercise.

 

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#4: Squat Jumps

Another squat variation that is quickly gaining in popularity with professionals and amateurs alike, squat jumps incorporate a side-to-side jumping pattern to transform the traditional squat into a powerhouse workout.

Providing a thorough workout for thigh and hip muscles, this exercise can be further modified with added weights or a kettlebell.

 

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#5: Pulse Squats

Also known as the Squat Pulse, this technique can be done with or without the addition of a dumbbell or kettlebell for extra resistance.

Squat Pulses require the user to use their core and lower body muscles to “pulse” upwards during a classic squat.

 

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#6: Lateral Squat Walks

This exercise builds up core strength by walking while holding a squat technique, and is popular with users due to its ease, effectiveness, and adaptability.

Along with the addition of weights, an exercise band can be used at the thighs to provide extra resistance, along with a more vigorous workout with more noticeable results.

 

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#7: Sumo Squats

Requiring a widened stance, Sumo Squats are great for further working the knees, hips, and back during exercise.

This technique is also commonly used in conjunction with free weights or a kettlebell, and is usually done in reps of 20.

 

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#8: Pistol Squats

An exercise that hones the lower body as well as balance, Pistol Squats are also easily modified using a variety of techniques.

Dumbbells, kettlebells, or even a medicine ball can be used to further enhance this workout to suit the needs of the user.

 

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