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The 5 best classes at the Paseo Club for your booty

May 1st, 2024 | 4 min. read

By Jen Azevedo

A well-developed backside has inspired many a song (or rap). A round bottom is becoming a more and more popular look. But even the great Renaissance artists of the 1400s admired this curvy feature.

Although a toned tush looks great in jeans and leggings, having well-developed glutes is essential to good fitness and body mechanics. It can affect your ability to successfully walk, run, jump, and play several different sports.

The Paseo Club is a social club in the Santa Clarita Valley that has supported members in health and fitness for twenty years. There is a comprehensive fitness department that includes a gym, group classes, small group training, and personal trainers. 

In this article, we consulted with Fitness Director Cezanne Youmazzo to learn more about the importance of having strong glutes, what exercises you can do to strengthen yours, and what classes at the Paseo Club are great for your booty.

comp_IMG_2358Why is having strong glutes essential to overall fitness?

Whether you want to tone your glutes for aesthetic appeal or to have more power for your favorite physical activities, targeting your booty is a great plan. 

The glutes are a group of muscles that make up the buttock area. They consist of the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus. The gluteus maximus is the most superficial and largest of the three muscles and makes up the bulk of the shape and form of the buttock and hip area.

A strong and robust posterior chain helps with your athletic ability, functional fitness, mobility, and injury prevention. Benefits include:

  • Physically appealing
  • Support bone density
  • Helps to reduce lower back pain 
  • Adds propulsion in walking and running 
  • Prevents knee injuries by stabilizing the pelvis
  • Supports good posture as well as back, shoulder, and pelvis  alignment
  • Improves sports performance, especially in rowing, running, weight lifting, and cycling

icomp_IMG_2028What are the risks of having weak or undeveloped glutes?

Your body isn’t balanced when your glutes are weak, affecting running and walking. Underdeveloped glutes make it harder to stand upright, forcing other parts of your body to compensate, leading to hip, knee, and/or foot pain. 

Whether you're an athlete looking to excel and perform at your best, an older adult wanting to stay independent and strong, or someone who wants to avoid back pain — having a fit booty is the key.

What are some daily activities that strengthen the glutes?

Walking at a 20% incline recruits a significant amount of glutes — and your hamstrings and calf muscles. Hiking is another great activity. These are simple, low-impact options that almost anyone can do.  

Hip bridges, deadlifts, Bulgarian split squats, and lunges are excellent bodyweight or weight-bearing resistance training movements. They are more challenging than walking and are even more effective. These exercises are scaleable and are beneficial to do consistently in your workout routine.

comp_IMG_5772What are the 5 best fitness classes at the Paseo Club for your booty?

1. Tighten and Tone 

Tighten and Tone is a small group session where the primary focus is on building a nice tight booty. Tone your backside with mini-band side steps, weighted hip bridges, single-leg Romanian deadlifts, single-leg step-ups, and more. 

When: Monday and Thursday from 10-11 am
Instructor: Taylor Robarts
Fee: $15-25, depending on package purchase

2. Pilates Reformer 

Pilates Reformer works your entire body. Glutes are always a focus in this small group class. Single-leg lunges, side lunges, weighted splits, hip bridges, leg lifts, skaters, and more are done in a reformer workout. 

Pilates Reformer Intro Class
Sunday 11-11:45 am

Pilates Reformer All Levels
Monday 7-7:45 am, 8:30-9:15 am, and 5-5:45 pm
Tuesday 7-7:45 am, 9:45-10:30 am, and 5-5:45 pm
Wednesday 6-6:45 am, 8:30-9:15 am, 9:45-10:30 am, and 5-5:45 pm
Thursday 7-7:45 am, 8:30-9:30 am, 9:45-10:30 am, and 5-5:45 pm
Fridays 7-7:45 am, 8:30-9:15 am, and 9:45-10:30 am
Saturday 8:30-9:30 am and 9:45-10:30 am

Pilates Reformer Intermediate/Advanced
Monday 9:45-10:30 am
Tuesday: 6-7 pm
Saturday 11:15 am-12:15 pm 
Sunday: 9:45-10:45 am

Instructor: Instructors vary
Fee: $15-25, depending on package purchase

Pilates Mat 23. Pilates Mat 

Join the Pilates Mat class and use mini bands, magic circles, gliding discs, and small weights to burn the booty while toning the core. 

When: Monday 10:45-11:30 am, Wednesday 9:15-10 am, and Thursday 10-10:45 am
Instructor: Monday and Thursday is with Amanda Billimore, and Wednesday is with Heather Deffenbaugh
Fee: Free with membership

4. Strength and Tone 

Strength and Tone Is an all-over body workout. Although booties are not the primary focus, they are always included in the workouts. Typical movements include bridging, suitcase deadlifts, single-leg Romanian deadlifts, and lunges.

When: Monday 12-1 pm, Tuesday 6-6:45 pm, Wednesday 10:15-11:15 am, Thursday 8:30-9:15 am, and Friday 10:15-11 am
Instructor: Monday is with April Larson, Tuesday is with Jodi Broz, Wednesday and Friday is with Melanie Vovk, and Thursday is with Jen Azevedo
Fee: Free with membership

comp_IMG_20185. Barre 

Barre is a dance-inspired class that is a total thigh and glutes burner — all parts of your lower half will be quivering at the end of the workout. Plies, leg lifts, and hip bridges are typical glute exercises for this class. 

When: Tuesday 9:15-10:15 am and 7-7:45 pm, and Thursday 9-9:45 am 
Instructor: Tuesday is with Jody Broz, and Thursday is with Amanda Billimore
Fee: Free with membership

Enjoying the burn at the Paseo Club

In this article, you learned why strong glutes are important, how to train your glutes in your solo sessions, and what classes to take at the Paseo Club when you want to prioritize booty workouts. 

Exercising can feel like a chore. But working out with friends and a lively instructor is FUN! When you feel short on motivation and need someone to help you stay accountable, group fitness or personal training is the best choice for you. There are over 60 group fitness classes each week at the Paseo Club.

Small group training is for when you want personalized attention in a small class size. You will learn safe techniques and be challenged by the instructor. Each class builds on the one prior, so you know you will get measurable results.

Personal trainers can mentor you in HIIT, strength training, dance, Pilates, or race training. Semi-privates are also available if you would like to work out with a friend or family member. 

If you are not yet a member of the Paseo Club, come in for a tour. Check out all eight acres of the facility, including the tennis and pickleball courts, Pilates studio, fitness areas, gym, spa, and clubhouse and cafe.

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Jen Azevedo

Jen Azevedo is a tennis professional, pickleball professional, personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and the general manager of the Paseo Club. She loves the community at the Paseo Club and that it is also a safe and fun place for her daughter. Jen’s favorite activities are joining her tribe for trail races or her partners for tennis matches. Occasionally Jen slows down to relax with a book — she reads over 100 a year!