Booty Challenge Form Checklist

May 22, 2019

Are you working through the O2 Booty Challenge? Before you pile on the weight, safety comes first. A common misconception about weight training is that weight matters the most. While lifting the appropriate amount of weight and increasing it over time is important for booty building, what you need to perfect first is form.

When performing any type of strength-training or weighted exercise, maintaining proper form is an absolute must. Not only does proper form help you to get the most out of every rep, but it also prevents you from developing injuries that could seriously hinder your hard work in the gym.

As you squat, squeeze, and lift your way through the O2 Booty Challenge, keep these important tips in mind from Brennan Station Personal Trainer Amanda Novachek and Park West Personal Trainer Amber Butler to make sure you're executing each exercise correctly and safely.

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Barbell Squats

Squats are one of the most effective exercises to boost overall strength in your glutes. Bodyweight or barbell, squats work multiple lower-body muscle groups that help to pump up the volume of your booty.

"I tell my clients that you want to maintain a straight path with the bar. It should go straight up and down," said Amanda.

✅ DO'S
❌ DON'TS
  • Keep your chest up and push your elbows forward
  • Don't arch your back or lean forward
  • Stop when your thighs are parallel to the ground
  • Don't squat too low
  • Plant your heels and push through them on the way up
  • Don't raise your heels off the ground
  • Drive knees outward as you lower down
  • Don't collapse knees inward
Squat Form Check BC

Hip Bridges

In this exercise you can easily isolate the hips and glutes with every lift and squeeze. By laying on your back, your glutes have to do most of the work, making this a great move for targeting the backside. Add in leg lifts for more of a challenge and embrace the burn!

"Shoot your hips in the air keeping your back straight even on the descent," said Amber.

✅ DO'S
❌ DON'TS
  • Keep a straight spine as you lift
  • Don't hyperextend or overarch your back
  • Drive through the planted heel as you push up
  • Don't lift your planted heel
Hip Bridges Form Check BC

Planks

A strong core is the foundation of your fitness and can help prevent injury when completing heavier weightlifting. Adding leg lifts into your planks works the smaller muscles in your glutes that help to shape your physique by toning, tightening, and lifting.

"I should be able to lay my coffee cup on your back and it wouldn’t spill," said Amber. "Make sure your hands stay under your shoulders."

✅ DO'S
❌ DON'TS
  • Keep a straight line from head to heels
  • Don't shift your weight from one side to the other
  • Make sure hips stay parallel to the floor
  • Don't lift hips too high or let them sink too low
Planks Form Check BC

Side Lunges

The O2 Booty Challenge incorporates side lunges to focus on functional strength. With or without weights, side lunges use elements of strength, balance, and dynamic movement to help you become more agile and and less injury-prone in your day-to-day life.

Later on in the Booty Challenge, side lunges transition into speed skaters. "When progressing to the speed skaters use a slightly forward position, an athletic stance, and land using a toe ball heel landing to give a soft landing," said Amber.

✅ DO'S
❌ DON'TS
  • Push your hips back and down
  • Don't lean forward
  • Keep toes pointed directly forward
  • Don't let your bending knee go sideways or past your toes
Side Lunges Form Check BC

Wall Sits

Sitting is bad for you, right? Not necessarily. Find a wall and take a seat for a challenging lower-body sculpting session. Wall sits will test your mental strength to burnout your hamstrings, glutes, and quad muscles at the end of a workout. Don't stop when it burns - that means it's working!

"Make sure you tuck your tailbone in to protect your lower back," said Amanda. "Keep your thighs parallel to the ground on these, there's no need to go any lower."

✅ DO'S
❌ DON'TS
  • Set your feet far enough out to keep knees behind toes
  • Don't let your knees push past your toes
  • Keep your back as flat on the wall as possible
  • Don't arch your back
  • Maintain good posture with chest up and shoulders down
  • Don't lean your chest forward
Wall Sits Form Check BC

Now that you're equipped with the knowledge, it's time to get to work.

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