||11-20-2011 03:26 AM
Increasing Glute Size
I've always been a small framed woman (read: skinny), but I have always had a very large bubble butt, something that I never showed off but was well known for. I started working out regularly 8 months ago, mainly for my health, but I also wanted to tone up. My strength and endurance continue to greatly improve, and it's been a wonderful experience. I've gotten smaller and tighter everywhere, except...
on my butt! It has gotten substantially smaller (strike 1), and it does not look the LEAST bit firmer - the cellulite dimples look exactly the same, it looks just as flabby, and I still have the same rolls underneath (strike 2). I would be okay with it larger and flabby, or smaller and tight, but now I have the worst of both worlds.
It's hard for me to do too many exercises on it, because for some reason that part of my body gets and stays sore more easily than any other. I vary up the squats and lunges, but in general I do 1 giant set of squats (wide, regular, knees together), 1 set of forward, backward, or stationary lunges, 1 set of plies, 1 set of side lunges, and 1 set of side leg lifts or the abductor machine. I do each with 30 lbs. of weight (all I can hold for now), going slowly but with intermittent small quick pulses, until I get a good burn, and then I work through it a few more reps.
Am I doing something wrong? What would you recommend in order to build a substantial amount of muscle in a healthy way? Thank you for reading, and I'd greatly appreciate any help!