You do squats, lunges and the like to ensure that you have a tight booty. Why wouldn’t you? It’s important to tighten and lift because being bootylicious is a way of life. Yet, you may have forgotten the yin with your yang.
The key to being bootylicious is not only high and tight, but also flexible. The three muscles that make up your booty include the maximus, medius and minimus. All of those muscles control the movement of your hips. Your hips control your legs range of motion. Are you getting my drift?
So what steps can you take to ensure flexibility? Here are a few:
The Butterfly Stretch: Sit on the floor and bring the soles of your feet together. Place your hands around your ankles and gently try and bring your knees as close to the floor as possible. You are aiming for a gentle stretch, holding for about 30 seconds.
Upside Down Four: Lie on your back, completely stretched. Bend one knee towards your chest. Using the opposite arm, move the knee towards the arm and floor, forming a four with your legs and making sure to keep your shoulders on the floor. Only go as far as your body allows. Hold for 30 seconds.
The Leg Pull: Lie on your back and bring your knees perpendicular to the floor. Cross one leg over the other, resting the ankle on the bent knee. Then reach through the window, grab your thigh and gently pull towards your upper body. Again, aiming for a gentle stretch and holding for about 30 seconds.
Stretch after your muscles after they are already warm. That means post workout and not post naughty although that can also be a workout.
Born and raised in Richmond, VA, Stanley works as an IT professional and a Group X fitness instructor. He enjoys helping others achieve their fitness goals through his spin and other high energy classes. Read his personal blog here and follow him on Twitter. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.