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How to Make Your Butt Look Good in Jeans: Three Best Exercises

In 2021 butts are in. Big butts, little butts, all butts are in, but specifically, butts that look good in jeans. It can feel horrible trying on a pair of jeans to see your butt looking less flattering than you planned. 

You probably know by now that working out makes you look and feel great. You may have even heard of a few exercises that will help make your butt look more pronounced (like squats). Squats are definitely high on our list for building a jeans worthy butt, but there is a lot more to making your butt look good in jeans than just squats. 

If this sounds like something you need, let’s dive into what makes your butt look good in jeans, and how to target those muscles to make that booty pop.

What Muscles Make Your Butt Look Good in Jeans?

The shape of the buttocks is defined by the muscles that exist in that location, known as the glutes. The glutes are a muscle group consisting of three muscles and are covered with a layer of fat. These three muscles include:

  • Gluteus maximus
  • Gluteus medius
  • Gluteus minimus

Your glutes not only give your body shape, but they allow you to walk, run, and climb. Strength training helps to target these muscles, providing an overall tighter and rounder looking butt. By working these muscles you will be sure to see a change in how your pants fit.

Barbell Squats

Everyone knows that squats make your butt look good. This is why the 100 squat challenge was invented. So does this mean you should be doing 100 squats each day? Definitely not. 

Instead, using the Axle Barbell, you should squat slow, controlled, and with good form. This works, because when squatting you are activating the glutes, thigh, and core muscles. 

How to do a Barbell Squat

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Your toes should be slightly turned out, and the Axle Barbel should be placed on your shoulders. 
  2. Begin the squat movement with your knees. Lower your hips back until your thighs are parallel with the ground (or as close as possible).
  3. Keep your gaze fixated on a point in front of you, and your chest should be upright. 
  4. Try to keep your knees aligned over your ankles, and never let them go further forward than your toes.
  5. Pause slightly at the bottom before you finish the motion. 
  6. Return to your starting position and squeeze your glutes as you come up. Do not lock your knees!
  7. Perform 3 sets of 10-12 repetitions.

Barbell Hip Thrusts

You might have seen people at the gym doing hip thrusts. Often they are performed using a barbel or a smith machine. When performing hip thrusts at home, you can use your Axle Barbell

Hip thrusts work your butt, lower back, and hamstrings. Creating a larger appearing hamstring can increase the distinction between your leg and your butt, making your butt look better in jeans.

How to do a Barbell Hip Thrust

  1. Lie face up either on the floor or with your butt hanging off the edge of a bench. 
  2. Keep your legs bent and place your feet flat on the floor. Place the Axle Barbell on top of your hips/lower abdomen.
  3. Tighten your abs as you lift your hips off the floor or bench. Keep your hips level, hold for three seconds, and return to the starting position/
  4. You can pull your toes off the floor if you would like a deeper stretch of the glutes
  5. Squeeze your glutes with each rep as your push your hips to the sky.
  6. Perform 3 sets of 15 repetitions.

Barbell Walking Lunges

Lunges help you feel the burn in more than just your glutes. This exercise is functional, and works both the inner and outer thighs, along with the quadriceps, and hamstrings. 

How to Perform a Barbell Walking Lunges

  1. Begin by standing with both feet hip-width apart. 
  2. While holding the Axle Barbell on your back, take a large step forward with the right leg. 
  • As you take your first step, be sure that you land with your heel first.
  1. Bend both knees and begin lowering yourself in a lunge position. 
  • You should lower your body until your front thigh is parallel with the ground. 
  • Be sure that your left knee is almost touching the ground, but does not make contact.
  • Both of your legs should create two 90-degree angles. 
  • Keep your body upright, and keep your knee away from your toes.
  1. Continue by pushing off from the heel of your front foot. Lift your back leg and swing it forward to stand back up.
  2. You will now take your opposite leg and move forward into a lunge position again. 
  3. Alternate legs for each lunge.



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