How to Get Rid of Saddlebags With 5 Toning Workouts

Updated 09/28/17
Harper & Harley

Saddlebags are often pegged as a "problem area" for women, but in reality, it's a natural body shape some have, depending on where they're prone to storing fat. As we all know, women put on weight in different areas of their bodies, regardless of how in shape they are. Those who are pear-shaped and tend to be widest around their thighs are likelier to have what society refers to as "saddlebags," or the underdeveloped area where your butt meets the back of your thighs. If you're looking to tone up this specific section, there are a handful of workouts that target your glutes and hamstrings.

So instead of asking how to get rid of saddlebags, you can make your motivation to strengthen and tone an easily overlooked area. Simply exercising the muscles beneath these natural fat deposits will encourage the area to be more metabolically active, keeping your derrière in shape long after your workout.

Head below to discover five moves that will tone up your tush and upper thighs.

Lateral Lunge

Step One: Stand with feet hip-distance apart. Step out wide with the right foot, keeping the left leg straight. Bend right leg into a squat, not allowing your knee to bend past your toes.

Step Two: Press through the right leg to return standing with feet hip-distance apart. Do 10 to 15 reps on each side.

Plié Squats

Step One: Stand with legs wider than hip distance, with knees and toes turned out. Bend knees and squat until knees are over ankles.

Step Two: Straighten legs and slowly return to standing position. Do 10 to 15 reps three times.

Fire Hydrants

Step One: Get into a tabletop position with your hands and knees on the floor with flexed feet, shoulders stacked above your wrists, and hips stacked above your knees. Raise your right leg up to the side so that your thigh is parallel to the ground.

Step Two: Pause at the top then slowly return to your starting position. Do 15 to 20 reps on each side.


Step One: Lie on your back with your hands flat along your sides, palms pressed into the ground. Bend your knees, and bring the bottoms of your feet as close as possible to your butt.

Step Two: Lift your hips, keeping palms pressed into the mat or clasped behind your back. Stay for 10 deep, slow breaths. Do three to five rounds.

Lying Glute Release

Step One: Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Bend both knees and place your right ankle on top of your left quad just below the knee so your right leg is twisted outward and your left calf is parallel to the floor.

Step Two: Wrap your hands around the middle of your left thigh and gently pull your legs in toward your chest. Hold for 20 seconds, then switch to other side, doing twice per side.

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Looking for even more ways to tone your tush? Check out more "incredibly effective" butt exercises from a celebrity trainer.

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