With more women in mainstream media baring toned thighs and round bottoms, it seems that America has become obsessed with obtaining buns of steel. Some have gone as far as going under the knife to obtain the perfect bum, but surgery is costly and those procedures don’t always produce natural-looking results.

If you don’t have the funds or the desire to surgically alter your body, you are in luck! There are safe and simple exercises that you can do at your local gym or right in your own home that can help you tone and build up your lower body to your standard of acceptance.

1. Squats

Squats done properly help to build up the glute muscles in the buttocks. They come in a variety of forms, from wide-leg squats to knee-to-ankle squats, and assisted squats with a bench press machine. To perform a simple squat properly, place your feet shoulder’s width apart and squat as if you are about to sit in a chair, making sure your knees do not extend past your toes. You can place a chair behind you and tap the seat as if you are about to sit down and pop back up to standing position. Do this movement 10 times, take a break for 30 seconds and do four more sets in the same manner and you will see results within two weeks with consistent work. Adding weights to this exercise will help to accelerate the building of the muscles. Ten pound dumbbells will do the trick to start.

2. Walking Lunges

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