If you’re still humming and twerking lightly to “Anaconda”, we won’t blame you. Nicki Minaj has never looked better, and Sir Mix A Lot ain’t got nothing on her rapper-cackle. As clear as can be, the video has been talked about for it’s generous display of Minaj’s assets, which are at their curviest best these days. Although, we definitely can’t deny that the singer/rapper’s hourglass figure hasn’t always been picture perfect! Besides singing, Nicki dances as well which is a nice workout and helps her to keep her thigh and butt muscles strong. Dance has always been a good workout if done regularly, and she pairs it with a minimum of 30 minutes on the elliptical trainer. So here’s a lowdown on how to get the perfect hourglass figure with a derriere like Minaj.
Getting a trim, very slim waist is the secret behind the hourglass figure: while the sizeable breasts and butt give Nicki her form, they wouldn’t be as noticeable without her petite waist. So, how do you get there? Balance that diet and cut down your calories - the best is to create a diet plan and exercise for weight loss and reducing the tummy. Weight gain, especially the unflattering kind, happens when the body is taking in more calories than it burns off during the workout – so the diet should ideally be paired with a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) schedule.
It shouldn't come as a surprise that growing your rear end can actually be easy, but getting it to look as toned and firm as Miss Minaj's is a bit harder and will require a whole lot of leg exercise. These should ideally be paired with sprinting (for making the leg and butt muscles firm) and jogging (for those long lean legs) on alternate days.
The Squat/ The Single Leg Squat: This squat is one of the best exercises for your butt and larger muscle groups (inner thighs, hamstrings, outer thighs, and calves) as you use every single muscle in your leg when you perform a squat and with the improved circulation, the muscle tissues get a head-start in growing. Squats are a great way not only to improve your posture, but also build better balance – especially when done on one leg at a time. If you want to mix it up with some cardio, try jumping squats!
Lunges: Lunges are perfect for shaping up your butt and legs because they isolate one side of the body and really strengthen and tone the muscles. Try walking lunges if you get bored after the first rep.
Stiff-Leg Deadlifts: Work your hamstrings! These muscles tie in to the top of your butt region and help extend your back, otherwise know as "arching your back." Strengthening the lower back helps develop that sexy curve everyone wants from your back to your bum. Deadlifts are
Kickbacks: One of the most effective exercises for a fit and round butt are kickbacks. All you have to do is get down on all fours and kick back the one leg at a time for about 90 seconds. Alternate the legs and repeat the process, while making sure your leg comes all the way up in a 45 degree angle to the floor.
Burpees+Leg Raises: This is a little something for when you want to go hardcore with the workout. Tighten up your butt by a combination of these two moves! First get into a plank position and raise your right leg 45 degrees off the ground. Repeat the same thing with the left leg and get back into the plank position. Then jump with your legs towards your arms and propel up by jumping with arms overhead. This way you will work out a lot more than just you butt!
For inspiration, make a hearty playlist that should ideally get you pumped – at this point you can even use video streams on your phone! Remember it is key to balance your strength and cardio workouts with each other as well as your diet. After all, neither Rome nor the Rump was built in a day!
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