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The Butt Workout that Prevented Me from Walking Down the Stairs for 3 Days

It’s 2017, so I, much like everyone else, am on a quest for a bigger, fuller derrière. Blame the Kardashians and fitness influencers, but I am determined to get my small Asian buttocks in shape—or at least fill out my jeans a bit better.

Now, I’m not looking to get to a Kim/Khloe/Kylie level behind—I just want my booty to be a little bit perkier and stronger without it looking like some odd product placement. So when I stumbled across this at-home butt workout from YouTubers Aja Dang and Laura Varney that promised a bigger booty, sans equipment, well, I knew I had to try it. And let me tell you this: It’s killer.

Now, I consider myself to be a pretty active person. I do muay thai twice a week (each class begins with bootcamp-esque conditioning, including numerous squats) and alternate between yoga and dance every other week. I also try to squeeze in some workouts from my Nike+ Training app when I can.

Upon first look, Aja and Laura’s workout seemed pretty easy: sumo squats, low squat jumps, alternating lunges with lunge jumps, plyo Bulgarian split squats and regular squat jumps, ranging from six to 15 reps each. The video itself is filmed in real time and is only three minutes long. Piece of cake, right? WRONG. After round one of three, I was already sweating heavily (I mean, like, dripping) and was panting trying to catch my breath.

The craziest part? Those three sets were just half the workout—the other half with five more exercises was posted to Varney’s channel… and I couldn’t even make it through the first exercise of the first set.

Immediately after finishing Aja’s part of the workout, my legs felt like jello walking down the stairs. The days following, I had major trouble walking in general, let alone going up and down stairs (the latter of which was pretty much impossible). I felt the pain in my hamstrings, my thighs and, of course, my butt, so it’s safe to say this is a pretty effective workout.

My goal is to finish the complete workout by next week—sore booty and thighs be damned.

Check out the workout in the video above, and be prepared to feel some pain (but honestly, it’s totally worth it).

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