The 29-year-old didn’t always have such a shapely figure: She started working out to sculpt the 98-pound frame that plagued her during high school. “There’s nothing wrong with being skinny, but I was really self-conscious about it — I didn’t have my first boyfriend until I was 21,” says the Sarah Lawrence grad, who now works as a certified personal trainer and Pilates instructor. “Working out completely changed my life and confidence.”
The Instagram account she began less than two years ago fueled her self-esteem even more — especially after a super-fan pitched her to Playboy, scoring her a modeling gig in the magazine. From there, she got a huge influx of fans, who now follow her for butt pics and the workout moves responsible for her increasingly famous backside.
Of course Amanda’s is not the first butt to find fans on Instagram — Jen Selter, who now has 7.4 million Instagram fans, sailed that ship first. “I follow her, but everybody does,” says Amanda, who’s never met Jen (or any other Instagram stars).
- Raise your heart rate up with high-intensity circuit-training instead of straight-up cardio. “I don’t do a lot of cardio because it’s the most time-consuming,” says Amanda, who works out for about 45 minutes four to five times a week. She also worries that cardio will make her lose weight. (“I’m obsessed with not losing weight. If I look at the scale and it goes up, I get excited I gained two pounds,” she says.) Instead of clocking minutes on the elliptical or stair climber (which is notoriously good for lifting the butt), she goes through stair-climbing motions with other exercises such as step-ups. She’ll do a few sets and then move on to another butt builder, like squats.
- Switch it up. “Variety is even more important that working out regularly,” Amanda says. “Try to change it up every time you work out: Instead of doing a regular squat, do it while standing on a BOSU ball, or do a walking lunge, elevated lunge with one leg on step, or a side lunge.”
- Mentally focus on your butt. “So many people go through the motions and don’t see results because they don’t connect the mind and the body to really feel the exercise,” Amanda says. “You can’t go through the motions — you really have to squeeze your butt and engage your abs to benefit.”
- Push through your heels during squats. Shifting your weight backward from the toes makes your butt burn.
- Wear clothes that compliment your assets. “Thin fabrics show off your curves, but compression gear sucks it all in,” says Amanda, who prefers Nike leggings to Lululemons.
- Pull your pants up super high. Amanda says it makes the waist look smaller and accentuates the hips for a bigger-looking butt.
- Capture your butt from a low angle. Amanda’s mom takes most of the photos you see on Instagram, but Amanda directs, advising her mom to crouch down to capture her butt’s best side. “We take maybe 50 photos before posting one. With video, it takes about 10 different tries to get the angle right.”