Let me tell you about my butt: It’s always been flat—and that’s pretty much all there is to know about it.
It could be because I’ve never been very into exercise. As I’ve gotten older—I’m now the ripe old age of 27—I’ve grown to enjoy breaking a sweat two or three times a week, but it’s something I do to clear my mind, improve my sleep, and be healthy, not to look better.
That said, when my coworker asked me to try out The DB Method, an at-home squat machine designed to give you a Dream Butt, I was very down to play guinea pig—particularly since I wouldn’t have to leave my apartment to use it.
To use the machine, you sit on the seat, grasp the handles, position your feet on the foot rests, and bend your knees to sit back, all while engaging your core to maintain good posture. Unlike typical air squats, the device provides constant resistance on your way up and down—but it also guides your butt so that you don’t fall back. By elevating your toes and giving you something to hold on to, your weight is shifted from your quads to your butt so your glutes can take over. Even better: Compared to regular squats, this modified version of the movement puts less pressure on your knees and back to reduce the risk of strains, all according to the machine’s makers.
THE SQUAT CHALLENGE
Because I care about you and your quest for a bubble butt, I committed to using the machine for 10 minutes a day for a month to truly assess whether it works. For guidance and to keep things interesting, every day, I alternated between doing two loops of the “Founder Fave” video, and “Cardio Sculpt”:
The exercises are basic enough for beginners.
You definitely don’t have to be some kind of squat fanatic to be good at The DB Method. In fact, skill isn’t a requirement at all. If you can sit on the seat, bend your knees, and extend your legs to stand up, you can do it. It’s easy! Really!
I’ll admit, though, that some moves were definitely more challenging than others. For instance, the “low zone” pulses in the “Founder Fave” video were, at times, excruciating. But the hurdle—working through that super intense burn—was more of a mental thing than a physical one, for me, at least.
The burn is super real.
The best part about this machine is that it offers different degrees of resistance depending on the squat movement you’re doing: Sinking deep into a full-range squat is much harder than doing a bunch of pulses at the top of the movement. Compared to basic air squats, I felt like the machine worked new and different muscles. As much as I yelped in pain while using it, I found the burn comforting because it reassured me the exercises were working. What’s more, following the videos definitely pushed me to try a variety of squat movements, whereas when I’m left to my own devices at the gym, I don’t get particularly creative.
You can benefit in just 10 minutes a day.
I would never commit to a 30-day challenge that required me to exercise longer than this. That sounds hard! And while some people might commit to longer spurts on the machine—and have time to listen to a full podcast or watch an entire episode of Friends while they’re at—my 10-minute commitment didn’t affect my wakeup schedule or my social life and felt feasible, even on days when I woke up with a hangover.
It’s easy to stow.
I do not live in an apartment where I have the space to display my exercise equipment—and even if I did, the machine doesn’t really go with my mid-century modern decor and succulent collection. (I! Am! A! Millennial!). I loved that device was both easy to assemble and that all I had to do was loosen two screws to fold it flat for convenient storage under my bed.
I should also mention that the machine has wheels so you can roll it from its storage spot to
in front of the TV wherever you like to set it up.
It leaves you H-U-R-T-I-N-G.
During the first few days of the challenge, I was crazy sore. Every time I went up or down stairs, I thought I might keel over, and getting in and out of chairs was difficult, too. Luckily, about a week and a half into the challenge, my body became more accustomed to the movements: I felt less sore (and a bit stronger!) every day. Still, if you hate the sensation of your glutes working extremely hard, then you will not like this machine!
It can make a terrible squeaking sound.
Every time I mounted the machine, I thought my neighbors and/or live-in boyfriend were going to murder me. (To be fair, grease probably could have resolved this issue had I been less lazy.)
It can get a little boring.
By the end of the 30-day experiment, the movements had gotten monotonous, and frankly, I was over it. That said, it was less about the workout itself—the 10 minutes typically went by pretty quickly—and more about having to do squats every single day. I have a very short attention span when it comes to fitness. And I just don’t care about my butt that much! Plus, I realized, part of the appeal of exercise, for me, is deliberately leaving my apartment to go to the gym or a run outside.
SO, SHOULD YOU TRY IT?
Yes! Even my boyfriend said he noticed a ~difference~ in my bum, meaning it definitely worked. Here’s are not one, but two before and after pics of my rear end, to make my parents proud:
Okay, okay, so the truth is that I went from doing 30 squats with a 17-ish-pound kettlebell *maaaaybe* twice a week to doing nonstop squats for 10 minutes every single day. And I suppose there’s no way to know whether my butt would have any changed any less had I amped things up on my own at the gym without the help of the machine.
Although The DB Method is definitely an investment, the prop made it extremely convenient to do daily squats.