Would you like to add a bit of fun to your bodyweight routine? I bet donkey kicks can easily spice up your daily calisthenics.
With that said, I won’t waste any of your time so you could get to perform this bodyweight exercise immediately. So here’s how you do these butt-toning kicks.
How To Do A Donkey Kick
To start, “stand” (i.e., get down) on “all fours” on the ground as a donkey would. You could see that demonstrated right in the upper drawing in the image above.
Now choose which leg does the kicking first. I usually do it on the right first.
- To kick, just lift that right leg up, maintaining the 90-degree angle between your thigh and leg.
- Put them down to the starting position, and bring them up again for your reps.
- After some 8 counts, do the calisthenics with your left leg.
Quite simple, isn’t it? Plus, I really think it’s fun to do, especially when you do it with your family in the mornings—sort of giving you kick-offs to face a long day.
Benefits of Donkey Kicks
Now I’m going to sidetrack a little bit here and give you the benefits of doing a donkey kick. (It often helps to know why you should do a thing before you begin doing them.)
Aside from giving you a bit of fun while you shed off lower body fat, donkey kicks engage your glutes really well. To maximize this benefit, follow these tips:
- Keep your core tightened and your back straight.
- When kicking, breathe out.
- As you lower your leg, breathe in.
- Combine your donkey kick reps with fire hydrants and a few more butt-toning exercises!
Begin Doing Some Donkey Kicks!
To inspire you for the rest of the week, here’s a video demonstration on doing donkey kicks.