The Facts About Building the Perfect Booty!
I don’t usually write about a specific bodypart, but I was inspired to by the recent development of companies selling booty building sneakers claiming to “help make your legs and butt look great…” The Reebok “EasyTone” sneaker probably being the best known, but there are others. The Reebok version claiming to be based on “balance ball technology” and “tones your butt up to 28% more just by walking.” I’m sure many of you have seen the commercial, but if not, here it is:
Now before I even continue on about this booty shaping shoe, I just have to take a moment to rant a bit about this specific commercial. If you are going sell a shoe that (supposedly…) shapes up your gluteus maximus, shouldn’t you use a model that has one?! Holy Flat Backsides Batman! This gal has virtually no butt. Now I’m not hating on her; she’s a very pretty girl – and for a typical TV model type – in great shape, but she has no ass! I mean really, is that the behind most women really want today? Or put more succinctly, is that what the general non-athletic public considers a well developed booty?!
I see that commercial on TV and I want her to ditch those goofy sneakers and find the nearest squat rack! So back to reality: if you want a well developed shapely athletic butt and legs, no pair of sneakers is going to give it to you. Like any muscle, you will have to develop it the old fashioned way via exercises such as squats, lunges, split squats, and straight leg deadlifts.
As with any bodypart, some are more genetically gifted in that area then others, but make no mistake, anyone can develop a firm well shaped booty with the right choice of exercises, consistency, and other factors (i.e., good nutrition so said booty is not just made of muscle blurring blubber!).
Sorry, no sneaker is gonna do that for you…What’s a great booty look like as a result of proper training, nutrition, and consistency? Here’s an oldie but goodie video of well known fitness/figure model Monica Brant doing Straight leg deadlifts, and to paraphrase the classic line from the 80’s movie Crocodile Dundee, “That’s not an ass.. now THAT’s an ass!”
Increased potential for Injuries?
Another essential issue here is, do these shoes increase the potential for injuries? A site reviewing these sneakers says “… the shoes activate your lower body muscles when you walk creating natural instability which in turn tones your legs “
Natural instability? Women are already at greater risk of knee injuries, and adding instability to the foot, which will increase instability to the joints and ligaments of the ankles and knees, will only increase the potential for injury to women. Bad idea…
A slight increase in activity of the muscles of the legs and butt due to the added instability is not worth the potential increased risk of injury.
If you want to see more exercise vids, some of which will also help with your backside, see my video section as well as youtube page.
See you in the gym ladies!
Will Brink is the owner of the Brinkzone Blog. Will has over 30 years experience as a respected author, columnist and consultant, to the supplement, fitness, bodybuilding, and weight loss industry and has been extensively published. Will graduated from Harvard University with a concentration in the natural sciences, and is a consultant to major supplement, dairy, and pharmaceutical companies.
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