One-Move Wonder: This Power Squat Is the Secret to a Perfect Bum

There are no shortcuts on the journey to a healthy physiquebut there are certain high-efficiency exercises that come pretty close. We seek them out in One-Move Wonders, our series about the quick hitters that deliver major results in minimal time, straight from some of the best trainers and fitness experts around the world. Grab your water bottle, rev up your playlist, and let's go!

“Do more squats” is on the top of every fitness to-do list (imaginary and real, for those who really have fitness to-do lists). But rather than just doing more of the power move, why not do a better squat? For that, we enlisted the help of Mike Alexander, an L.A.-based professional trainer and the owner of Madfit on Melrose.

“Squats work most of the muscles in your lower body—the motion of knee extension works your quadriceps (front of thighs), and the hip extension works your glutes (butt) and hamstrings (back of thighs),” Alexander says. He calls his supercharged squat “magical”—“magical in that it can help girls with no butt get a bigger one, and give girls with too much butt a smaller one.” Plus, because of the number and size of the muscles you work with a squat, Alexander says squats can significantly spark your heart rate and burn plenty of calories.

Keep reading for the step-by-step details of the perfect squat!

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