Exercises for a Butt of Steel

Shape Your Glutes and Firm Your Backside

Does your backside need a boost? Pauline Nordin, Founder of Fighter Diet, has a workout to whip our butts into shape. Her “Butt of Steel” Workout will strengthen, lift and shape the glutes while tightening up the tie-in (i.e., the intersection of butt and thigh).

Pauline’s program primarily features foundational movements modified slightly to better emphasize the backside. “My workouts are based on old school, solid effective exercises like squats,” explains Pauline. She adds, “I’m a detailed trainer and make sure I put the body through several different variations of more or less the same exercises since a small change in angle, stance and range of motion hit the muscles a bit differently.”

To help wake your booty up and jumpstart results, Pauline suggests doing this workout 3 times per week for 2-4 weeks. As you get stronger and lift more weight, she suggests dialing it back, as you will need more time for recovery. If you are already consistently training, substitute this workout for your other quad or glute/hamstring workouts.

What kind of results can you expect? “Provided you follow the golden rule of adding more and more challenging resistance as the muscles get stronger, you should have a perkier butt and shapelier, stronger legs overall,” says Pauline.


Exercise Descriptions & Tips

Side Lying Hip Abduction

Side Lying Hip Abduction

Begin lying on your side on a bench. Support your body by holding on to the bench and/or by placing your hand on the ground. Extend your top leg forward straight out from the hip. Then, raise the leg up toward the ceiling. Return to start position.

Pauline’s Tip: Make sure you brace your core and minimize rolling back and forth.

Split Squat

Split Squat

With a barbell positioned across your traps or holding dumbbells, get into a lunge position and shift your weight forward into the front leg. Descend to your lowest comfortable position (strive for your back knee lightly touching the ground). Drive through the front heel to return to starting position. Complete all reps on one side before moving on to the next. You can also elevate the back foot on a bench to further emphasize the glutes.

Pauline’s Tip: Avoid letting your knee travel forward beyond the toes of the working leg.

Wide Legged Squat

Wide Legged Squat

With a barbell positioned across your traps, take an extra wide stance and turn toes out slightly. Keeping your abs tight and torso upright, lower down until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Focus on pushing through your heels as you drive upward toward the starting position.

Pauline’s Tip: Keep your head looking straight ahead throughout the set.

Dumbbell Lunge

Dumbbell Lunge

Beginning with your feet together and holding dumbbells, take a big step forward with right leg. Descend to your lowest comfortable lunge position (strive for your back knee lightly touching the ground). Push through your front foot to return to the starting position. Complete all reps on the right leg then move on to the left leg.

Pauline’s Tip: Avoid letting your front knee travel beyond your toes.

Bilater Duck Butt

Bilateral Duck Buck

Position your body face down on the bench with your hipbones partially off the end. With bent knees, raise the legs up towards the ceiling.

Pauline’s Tip: It can be uncomfortable to lie on the bench in this position, but it helps to tighten your abs.


Pauline Nordin, founder of the gutsy fat loss system Fighter Diet, is known for her no nonsense approach to training and nutrition. Pauline was a coach for the Nordic version of “The Biggest Loser,” where she led her team to victory. She is also the star/creator of “The Butt Bible” by NBC/Universal, a workout video that will beat any backside into shape. Born in Sweden, Pauline moved to the United States to pursue her dreams.

For more from Pauline Nordin, check out her Bootcamp Workout and Ask The Fighter Diet Girl Videos.

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