One area people tend to fall behind on when aiming to develop a complete physique is the butt. Not readily visible unless you have an extra long neck and an extra large posterior, the butt is one body part that is usually not noticeable, until it is too late.
But can't this area be worked during the course of regular leg training? Yes and no. It can be worked to a degree, but overemphasize target movements and it can become too big, neglect the required exercises and it might remain small or flabby, or both.
Dispelling the myth that to spot reduce (in the case of a large flabby @ss) cannot be done, and charting a new course to the ideal butt for one's unique body type is David Kirsch, personal training expert and book author. With his Butt Book he provides excellent advice on how to craft the perfect posterior while reducing unsightly flab in this area.
On the beach or in clothing, nothing quite attracts attention like a well-formed butt. When it comes time to reveal what we have left behind, however, many of us are more likely to remain covered up.
A large, fat @ss is a sure sign of bodily neglect and a well-developed, toned one shows pride in one's appearance. Even top professional bodybuilders are often known for their "ripped glutes."
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Episode 2: Buttblasters Workout!
In the following interview David Kirsch provides some pointers on how to develop your own perfect butt. Are you a string bean (no hips, no butt), a pear (too much junk in the trunk), an apple (big all over) or a banana (big hips, flat butt)? Read on to discover the answer to this most perplexing of questions, and more.
Fitness was a big part of my life starting in the early years when I would work out with my father. I learned to appreciate the importance of integrating exercise and movement into my everyday routine.
I was an intellectual property lawyer for some time and when I became disenchanted with law - I turned to my first passion: Fitness.
I was first approached in 1999 to write a book. I thought I had something to say, that my message was important and my voice unique. I also had a great deal of support around me. My first book was "Sound Mind, Sound Body."
Kirsch offers 'secrets' he's developed for celebrity clients such as supermodels James King and Heidi Klum, who appears in the book. Forty delicious recipes and a nutritious 2-week food plan round out the program.
Why is the butt (often as opposed to other body parts) one of the main areas many people feel is problematic and wish to improve?
The butt is the bane of many people - women more so than men. I chose to tackle it because that's my specialty - legs and butts that is.
I broke my chops working on some of the most beautiful legs and butts in the world, so naturally this was the first one to tackle in my new series of bodysculpting manuals.
It's flat, flabby, too big or too small.
The perfect butt is a subjective thing but I believe that each person can find their perfect butt if they know their body type and marry some good exercise advice with what they feel is a perfect butt for their body.
What of these, in your experience, provides the most cause for concern among your clients? How would you address this concern?
It's really equally concerning to all body types. Anyone who likes wearing jeans or bathing suits typically wants to change something about their butt.
It's a lot tougher to hide your butt and thighs in this type of clothing than it is to hide other bodily pet peeves such as a big belly.
I've tried to provide a formula for each body type in my Butt Book where I show you the right exercise and in the right sequence for your butt type. I also go into greater detail on exercises for improving body parts in "Sound Mind, Sound Body."
My philosophy is that there are no excuses for not having time or a place for a workout. It can be five minutes or 55 minutes. It can be working out with your baby or walking your dog.
You can always find time for taking care of yourself. That's what "no excuses" is all about.
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Episode #2: Glutes & Legs Workout!
Squatting is the quintessential leg- and butt-building exercise. For the Pear, traditional squats are ill advised. I caution Pears to do wide-stance squats or plié squats, shifting the emphasis on their thighs and lower body. For the Banana or the String Bean, doing traditional squats is perfectly appropriate.
Cardio is integral along with a diet and proper strength training to maximize fat loss. You can achieve the greatest success with cardio by keeping it fresh (add variety to your workouts) and making sure that you do appropriate cardio exercise for your body type.
You also need to stick to cardio that will help you burn the maximum amount of calories in the time you have. For example, always pick the rowing machine over walking on the treadmill.
They need to be focused, motivated and to keep their eye on the prize. They have a clear vision of what their goal is, be it a wedding, hot date, donning a new bikini or getting their post-baby body back.
The main difference is that the models and actors I work with are generally under time constraints. They're getting ready for an awards show, movie or some other important event.
And, they have the added pressure of being in the public eye and always having paparazzi lurking.
A sense of hope and empowerment: I want to show people that exercise is fun and engaging. It's timeless and ageless. One is never too old, and it's never too late to find your best you.
You won't find another book like The Butt Book. In this fun, easy-to-follow, fully illustrated manual, you can depend on exercises being effective, fun, and safe - just like David would do with you in his New York City gym.
Bonus: David Robson's Butt Training Program
Tired of looking like a beanpole in jeans? Wishing to add some meat to your derriere? The following program, to be included for leg day twice per week, will work wonders in fleshing out your behind.