The best butt exercises to firm and tone your butt are ones that target the entire posterior chain from your low back all the way down to your calves.
After years of experimenting with lower body exercises, workout plans, and training hundreds of female clients with all types of body shapes I discovered that the butt exercises in the video below work for every body type.
They build just enough lean muscle in the right areas to make the butt look round, firm, and toned. They also burn tons of fat (that's the point of those heavy lunges) and best of all they don't make your legs look bulky.
The butt makeover workout you see below was designed so you can do it both at the gym or at home. This is actually a workout routine that I started doing when I was breaking free from machine training. I adapted it for home because even though I work in a gym I rarely workout in a gym.
10 reps on each side of single leg back extensions. Try not to push on the ball and squeeze the butt hard as you come up. You should be feeling this all the way up to the low back.
20 reps on each side of resistance band kickbacks. Squeeze the butt hard as the leg comes back and maintain a slight contraction in the abs to protect the low back.
20 total forwards backwards lunges using moderately heavy weight. This is the only exercise that requires you to use considerable amount of weight. Build up to it if necessary but do not make the mistake of sticking to light weights forever if you want this workout to work.
10 reps each side single leg step downs. Try not to push off the floor as you raise back up. This is hard to do when you're legs are fatigued but try.
10 reps each side of alternating lateral squats. Keep shoulders back and abs tight. Sit into that butt and push off the heel and not the ball of the foot.
20 reps each side lateral band walks. Any type of resistance band works for this but do not substitute a mini band for this. Not the same.
No rest between exercises. After one full circuit rest 60 seconds then repeat two more times.
Finish up with 8 rounds of any type of jumps alternating between 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest. At the very end of the video I'm doing multi-directional jumps using my tile floor as a guide.
Have fun and if you're a beginner you may want to start with my 6 week Fatloss Toning Workout Routines Plan. This plan will help you build the strength and endurance you need for this type of workout.