5 Booty-Sculpting Moves That Come Highly Recommended by Melissa Wood-Tepperberg

A quick, effective toning routine to add to your fitness plan this year.
Melissa Wood-Tepperberg

Melissa Wood-Tepperberg.


It’s a new year, which means you might just have some fitness goals and habits that you’re hoping to embrace in the coming weeks and months. If that’s the case, may we recommend that you consider adding a few good sculpting routines into your weekly workout plan?

Whether you’re coming to strength training for the first time or are a seasoned veteran, workout and wellness leader Melissa Wood-Tepperberg has some good low-impact moves for you. Her routines are versatile and on-demand, meant to be taken almost anywhere, anytime. And they are guaranteed to be effective.

Nothing could be more true of her latest five-move “booty-boosting” routine. The following exercises, which she recommended performing 20 reps of on each side, are the perfect introduction to a sculpting routine. If you want a little more of a challenge, follow Wood-Tepperberg’s lead and use ankle weights.

Donkey kick and extension

Come to your knees on your mat and bring your arms down in a forearm plank position. Like a regular donkey kick, lift one leg up off of the mat toward the ceiling. But, rather than keeping a 90-degree bend in your leg, extend your foot up and out toward the back wall. Return to the ground.

Knee to elbow

Come to your knees on your mat. Place your left forearm on the mat and your right hand down beside it, keeping your right forearm elevated. With your upper body twisted slightly toward the right side wall, kick your right leg out toward the back wall, then bring it back in, bringing your knee to meet your right elbow. Extend your leg back out.

Knee to chest and extension

Come to your knees on your mat. Reach your arms out long on the mat in front of you, getting a good stretch down your back. Lift one leg up and back toward the back wall. Pull your leg back in, bringing your knee toward your chest, lifting your upper body up over your hands as you do. Extend your leg long.

Leg lifts

Come to your knees on your mat. Reach your arms out long on the mat in front of you, getting a good stretch down your back. Lift one leg toward the back wall and slowly begin to pulse up a couple of inches and then back down.

Donkey kicks

Come to your knees on your mat. Place your elbows down beneath your shoulders in a forearm plank position. Lift one leg up toward the ceiling, keeping a 90-degree bend in your leg. Return to the mat.

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Martha Zaytoun

MARTHA ZAYTOUN

Martha Zaytoun is a Lifestyle & Trending News writer for SI Swimsuit. Before joining the team, Martha worked on the editorial board of the University of Notre Dame’s student magazine and on the editorial team at Chapel Hill, Durham and Chatham Magazines in North Carolina. When not working, Martha loves to watercolor and oil paint, run or water ski. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a huge Fighting Irish fan.