You stuffed yourself during Thanksgiving, overindulged on everything you laid eyes on during Christmas, had to spend all that time with your relatives,聽weren鈥檛 TOO hungover after聽New Year鈥檚 Eve聽shenanigans鈥 Well, congratulations 鈥 YOU MADE IT! And聽now it鈥檚 a new year, which means you can leave your regrets聽from聽2015 behind and get back to business!聽Year after year, one of the most popular New Year鈥檚 resolutions is to start or maintain a fitness regimen. After my 20+ years as a soccer player (as a kid, through high school, college, all the way into my adult聽years!), a handful of half聽marathons and an addiction to ClassPass, I can help. And why not start with the biggest muscle in your body? YOUR BOOTY! Here are seven聽easy butt exercises to help you shake it into聽2016.

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Booty, booty, booty, booty, rockin鈥 everywhere. It鈥檚 time to turn on your favorite booty song and work what your momma gave you. Whether you choose 鈥淏ubble Butt,鈥 鈥淏ootylicious,鈥 鈥淏aby Got Back鈥 or 鈥淎naconda,鈥澛爀ach of these exercises will get your booty moving to the beat.

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All you need for the below exercises are a mat, hand weights and an exercise ball (optional)!

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Exercise 1: Squat Kickback

Surprise, surprise, the first exercise is a squat! But this squat has a twist 鈥 err, a kickback, to be exact. Learn to love 鈥檈m.

1. Start with your feet a little wider than hip width.

2. Grab some hand weights and聽keep them right above your shoulders throughout the exercise.

3. Squat down pushing your booty back like you鈥檙e sitting in a chair. Keep your hips back, your core engaged and your聽weight in your heels.

4. As you come up from your squat, shift your weight to one leg and kick the other leg back by squeezing and tightening your gluteus muscle.

5. Come back to starting position, do another squat and kick back the other leg.

REPS: Do 2-3 sets of 10-15 reps on each leg

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Exercise 2: Curtsey Lunge With Side Kick

Curtseying with a side kick? Sign me up!

1. Begin with your feet hip width apart and your core engaged.

2. Shift weight into one foot and lift the other foot off the ground and place it behind you.

3. Lower your butt toward the floor until the knee is about one inch from the ground and pause.

4. Press into the聽heel of your standing foot and stand up.

5. Do a side kick and repeat the exercise.

REPS: Do each leg continuously聽for one minute.

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Exercise 3: Star Touches

You鈥檙e a star, and you know it! These are guaranteed to get your bum burnin鈥.

1. Start standing on one leg with your other leg bent 90 degrees behind you.

2. Slightly bend your standing leg (you never want to lock your knee out) and put your hands together in front of you, overlapping them.

3. You鈥檒l be making a star on the floor with your hands, so pick your starting point.

4. Bend forward聽and touch your fingers to the first point on the floor.

5. Slowly come back up to starting position and bend down again to touch聽the second聽point on the floor.

6. Continue until you complete the star!

REPS: Complete two stars on each leg.

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Exercise 4: Sprinter Lunge聽Back

Don鈥檛 freak out 鈥 you don鈥檛 have to sprint. These are pretty much backwards lunges with a small hop.

1. Stand on one foot and lunge back with your other foot.

2. Pause for a second and push off of your back foot, slightly jumping off the standing foot.

3. Drive your knee up to hip height.

4. Move聽your hand on the same side as the bent knee up to eye level and your other hand back behind you for balance.

5. Gently land back on your foot and immediately go back into your lunge.

REPS: Do each leg 10 times.

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Exercise 5: Sumo Squat Calf Raise

You can鈥檛 have rock hard buns without toned legs. This exercise tones both the legs and glutes!

1. Start with your feet a little more than hip width apart and point the toes outward.

2. Squat down, making sure your spine is long and your knees never pass over your toes.

3. Once you are in your sumo squat, lift your heels for a quick calf raise.

4. Come back up to starting position.

5. Do another calf raise and go back down into your sumo squat with calf raise.

REPS: Do this exercise for one minute continuously.

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Exercise 6: Superman Ball Raises

You will definitely be feeling like superwoman after this one.

1. Lie on your tummy with your arms above your head and hold an exercise ball between your feet (you can do this without an exercise ball if you don鈥檛 have one). Engage your abs and slowly start to lift your arms up.

2. Squeeze your glutes and tighten your leg grip on the ball.

3. Squeeze the ball and lift your knees, arms and chest off the floor.

4. Hold the superman squeeze for a five count and then slowly release your arms and legs back to the floor.

REPS: Do 10 Superman lifts.

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Exercise 7: Side Lunge Slide

Now slide it out, slide it out.

1. Grab your hand weights and a towel and stand with your feet a little wider than hip distance聽apart with the towel folded under one foot. You need to be on a slick surface like a wood floor for this to work. No carpet!

2. As you squat down, shift聽your weight to the聽foot without the towel underneath.

3. Slowly bend your knee and squat down while sliding your foot with the towel underneath out to the side.

4. Keep the weight in the standing foot and slide the towel back to starting position.

5. Repeat with the other leg.

REPS: 10 on each leg.

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High five, you just did WORK! Now don鈥檛 forget to give your booty some love and stretch it out. If you have a foam roller, even better! Don鈥檛 be scared if you鈥檙e super sore tomorrow. If you haven鈥檛 worked out that behind of yours in awhile, it鈥檚 going to be screamin鈥 at ya. But the pain will be worth it! Once you add these exercises into your weekly routine, you鈥檒l have buns of steel in no time.

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