J.Lo's Trainer Shares His #1 Bum-Sculpting Move

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Some might call it creepy to obsess over a celebrity’s body part, but we prefer to call it a compliment. Take, for example, Jennifer Lopez’s butt. Simply put, it is a thing of beauty. In Shakespearean times, the Bard would have written sonnets about its pert, gravity-defying power, comparing its loveliness to that of a summer’s day or even the sun itself. In fact, J.Lo’s entire being is the epitome of #goals: She’s healthy, fit, and toned, and she totally owns it. Someday, in our dreams, we would sit down with the performer and make her teach us her secret to eternal youth—and maybe a dance move or two.

Though that day has yet to be realized (one can hope), we got the next best thing to an actual workout with J.Lo: tips from her trainer, butt-related tips in particular. David Kirsch works with the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Heidi Klum, and Kate Upton and recently partnered with Levi’s on its new Wedgie Fit Jeans ($88), which sound like a nightmare but actually promise to show off your best assets. This leads us to our very, very important and totally not creepy question for Kirsch, who has been called the “master of the ass: How can we, too, get a butt like J.Lo’s?

Keep scrolling to see his favorite bum-sculpting move!

Want a sculpted behind? Enter the Sumo Lunge, Kirsch’s number one workout move for a J.Lo-status booty. Here’s a breakdown, straight from Kirsch himself:

  • Start with your legs slightly wider than hip-width apart.
  • Lift your right leg from the knee and move it in a circular roundhouse.
  • Land out to the side, wider than you started, and immediately squat down, channeling a real sumo wrestler.
  • As you come out of the squat, lift your right leg and kick out, leading with your heel.
  • Do 15 to 20 reps without stopping, for two to three sets.

“It’s the perfect butt-shaping, hip reducing, lower half–sculpting maneuver,” Kirsch tells us. “It targets the outer thigh and really lifts the butt, which seem to be two problem areas for a lot of women.” He promises that by doing the sumo lunge three times a week, you’ll start seeing results in as little as two to three weeks. How’s that for motivation? Here’s a video, if you need a visual:

If you’ve mastered the sumo lunge and want to take things even further, Kirsch says you can try the plié toe squat and platypus walk. “They both lift the butt, so I love to do them right after one another so you can feel the burn immediately,” he says. Our butts and bodies are ready.

To better show off your toned booty, we recommend slathering on some Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream ($45).

Want more workout tips? Shakira’s trainer told us all her toned-tummy secrets.

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