Thought of more for looks than for function, many people seek a toned, muscular butt to improve their appearance. The butt is actually one of the strongest muscles in the body, though. Comprised of gluteal muscles, including the gluteus maximus (the largest muscle in the whole body,) the butt gets a workout every time you sit, stand, climb, or bend at the hip.
To get your butt beyond exercise into the realm of toned and tight, try these versions of squats:
1. Square Step Squats
To target the gluteal muscles more specifically, take small steps while in the squat position. Bend your knees and bring your butt back to enter the squat position first. Then shuffle your right foot out away from your body. Hold for a few seconds. Repeat with each foot in each direction. You will move in a basic square pattern and tone every edge of your gluteal muscles in the process.