If you ever wondered why all those squats you’ve been doing haven’t given you a Selter butt yet, it’s because there’s more to the butt story than squats! While squats are amazing at the sculpting game, the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research reports that the most effective exercise for targeting hamstrings is actually the straight-leg deadlift. The hamstrings are responsible for lifting and shaping your posterior. No need to mention the effect it has on reducing the appearance of cellulite!
Targets: Straight-leg deadlift targets glutes, hamstrings and low back while squats primarily target the quadriceps (muscles in the front), hamstrings and glutes.
Weight Suggestion: Start at 5-10 lbs
Reps: Do 2-3 sets of 12 reps 3x a week
How to do it: To perform the move correctly, stand with feet hip-width apart with a slight bend in the knees. Hold your weights with palms facing thighs, standing up straight. Keep back straight as you lower your torso until almost parallel to the floor then return back to standing position.