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Saturday 16 December 2017

Five ways to sculpt your bum

1 THE EXERCISE

The best way to change the shape of your body is by using weights. Westwood gyms offer a weight-training class called BodyPump which will dramatically shape and tone your bottom.

The class incorporates a series of lunges and squats using barbells and weights. Though occasionally excruciating, five classes will undoubtedly lift and firm the bum. www.westwood.ie

Try Leg Circles if you’re training at home: lie on your side with a pillow under your head. Bend your bottom knee towards your chest and lengthen your top leg out and lift it a few inches above your hip.

Flex your toes towards your face and draw little circles with your heel in one direction for 30 seconds and then reverse it. To check if your bum is working, press your top hand into your top bum cheek — you should feel the area flexing with every rotation.

2 THE TRAINERS

Reebook EasyTones, as espoused by Kelly Brook, increase muscle activation by up to 28pc in the bottom. From €80 at good sports shops.

3 THE CREAM

I’ve never found a cream that made a difference, but I’ve heard good reports of Karin Herzog’s Dynamic Duo kits, a pair of creams that, used together twice a day for a month, have been shown to have a dramatic effect on the appearance of cellulite. €55, karinherzog.co.uk.

Deeper pockets should opt for Rodial Bum Lift, €114 at Harvey Nichols, Dundrum Town Centre.

4 THE JEANS

Cheat your way to a better bum with Salsa Wonder jeans. Essentially a Wonderbra for the buttocks, they lift the derriere, creating the illusion of a perfectly pert rear. From €90 at BT2.

5 THE TREATMENT

Velashape, which tackles fat (with radiofrequency energy) and cellulite (with vacuum-suction massage), tightens skin and has approval from the FDA (the American Food & Drug Administration). Ideal for post-pregnancy body shaping. From €120-a-session at Cosmedico clinic. www.cosmedico.ie

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