Rounding Out a Square Butt Workout

A round bum isn’t just aesthetically pleasing—it’s also an indicator of healthy, functional glutes. And, while not everyone is born with a bubble butt, there are a number of workouts and exercises that can transform your flat square bum into a head-turning round derriere.

Square butt workouts are the result of a lack of volume in the gluteus medius or side butt muscles, which gives the appearance of a straight up-and-down line right below your hips rather than a smooth curve to your waist. This shape can be the result of higher hip bones or excess fat distribution in the “love handle” area, and it’s usually difficult to change via diet alone.

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To perk up your heart-shaped butt and round it out a bit, Quimbo suggests using lateral movements like forward lunges with rotation or a reverse crossover lunge (also known as a curtsy lunge). In addition to working the gluteus medius, these moves also work the waist area to help trim down that muffin top.

When it comes to rounding out a square butt, it’s important to remember that consistency is key. Achieving a beautifully rounded silhouette requires a strategic mix of exercises like back squats, Romanian deadlifts, Bulgarian split squats, weighted back extensions, hip thrusts, walking lunges, single-leg bridges and lateral dumbbell step-ups. With consistent, dedicated practice, you’ll be well on your way to a beautiful, round butt.