Because this muscle mom from Oakland, Califiornia, has some of the most awesome glutes on the planet.
She has to have...because Shannon has also built some of the most jaw-dropping legs in the whole of female bodybuilding and great quads absolutely need great glutes!
All bodybuilders know that the barbell squat is the granddaddy of all leg and glute exercises – but Personal Trainer Shannon adds a fabulous superset after squatting to really hit the gluteus maximus and carve out that sexy and desirable bodybuilder booty!
Shannon explains that the superset consists of one set of 12 deadlifts followed immediately by a set of 20 Dumbbell Squat Swings (sometimes called Dumbbell High Swing or Russian Dumbbell Swing).
Few women who workout will need any introduction to the deadlift, but just for the sake of completion here it is:
(try 60% of your 1 Rep Max)
Grasp a bar using an overhand grip (palms either facing down or alternate). You may need some wrist wraps if using a significant amount of weight.
Stand with your torso straight and your legs spaced using a shoulder width or narrower stance. The knees should be slightly bent (soft). This is your starting position.
Keeping the knees stationary, lower the barbell to over the top of your feet by bending at the hips while keeping your back straight. Keep moving forward as if you were going to pick something from the floor until you feel a stretch on the hamstrings. Inhale as you perform this movement.
Start bringing your torso up straight again by extending your hips until you are back at the starting position. Exhale as you perform this movement.
Repeat x 12.
Now for the slightly less well-known
Dumbbell Squat Swings
Squat down and pick up the dumbbell by one end.
Pushing your butt back and bending your knees slightly swing the dumbbell back, between your legs.
Use your hips and legs to swing the dumbbell up. Shannon prefers to stop at shoulder height – but the dumbbell can be swung overhead too.
Keep your back straight and look forward the whole time.
Repeat x 20
Watch Shannon demonstrate the exercises below and note her perfect form.
Both these exercises require concentration and strict form – much more than super heavy weights.
(Remember: Good form can make 10lbs feel like 100lbs – bad form can make 100lbs feel like 10lbs, which doesn't build muscle and can lead to injuries.)
Happy lifting – you're on your way to perfect glutes!
* Caution – The Deadlift is not an exercise for people with lower back problems. It should be treated with the utmost respect paying special attention not to round the back forward as you move the torso down; the back should ALWAYS be straight. Jerking motions or doing too much weight can injure your back.