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The Butt Workout That Keeps Christopher Meloni in ‘Zaddy’ Shape at 60

Thanks to his love of running and waterskiing, Christopher Meloni already had strong glutes. But throughout the winter, the Law & Order icon used a bodybuilding split that emphasized his lower body and further sculpted his glutes (as the Internet noticed). That led to his derrière having a cultural moment, with photos shared across social…

Thanks to his love of running and waterskiing, Christopher Meloni already had strong glutes. But throughout the winter, the Law & Order icon used a bodybuilding split that emphasized his lower body and further sculpted his glutes (as the Internet noticed).

That led to his derrière having a cultural moment, with photos shared across social networks and Meloni being dubbed a Zaddy at (a very fit) 60 years old. “It’s cool as shit,” he said of the furor in his Men’s Health cover interview.

But workouts are more than just an opportunity for Meloni to hone his viral assets. He shared that for him, exercise is “therapy, church, meditation, and a kind of personal reengagement where the brain and the body get to talk to one another.” He’s working hard not just for his body—but his mind and spirit, too. To make sure he’s making the most of that time, Meloni works with a trainer to keep himself on the right track.

“Chris had some permutation [of leg training] every day,” says that trainer, Matt Pietrantonio, NSCA-C.P.T. You can add these four moves to your workouts for serious glute gains if you want to start building a butt to rival Meloni’s.

1. Front-Loaded KB Good Mornings

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Stand holding a kettlebell at your chest, core tight. Push your butt back and bend at the waist, lowering your torso until your chest is nearly parallel to the floor. Pause, then stand, squeezing your glutes. That’s 1 rep; do 3 sets of 15.

2. Hamstring Walkout

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Lie on your back, heels near your butt, feet flat. Lift your butt and lower back an inch from the floor, then slowly walk your feet away. When your knees are nearly straight, pause, then walk back. That’s 1 rep; do 3 sets of 10, taking at least 2 seconds per rep.

3. Barbell Sumo Deadlift

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With your feet wider than shoulder width and pointing out, bend at the waist and grab the bar with a shoulder-width overhand grip. Squeeze your glutes, push the floor away, and stand. Pause, then lower. That’s 1 rep; do 3 sets of 4 to 6.

4. Barbell Hip Thrust

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Sit with your shoulder blades against a bench, heels near your butt, holding a barbell with an overhand grip, directly over your waist and an inch off the floor. Squeeze your glutes, driving your hips high. Pause, then lower. That’s 1 rep; do 3 sets of 12.

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