Body toning help

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Clean up your diet (reduce/eliminate processed foods, focus on lean proteins and drink lots of water) and lift weights in addition to your cardio.  You can’t spot reduce, but you can build lean muscle mass that in turn burns calories at a higher rate than fat mass, even at rest.

Post # 3
606 posts
Busy bee

for arms, try tricep dips and push ups.

there are some really great videos on youtube for tabata exercises – it’s interval based exercises where you basically go all out for 20-30 seconds doing one exercise, rest for 10-20 seconds, and then repeat. they’re super effective, can be done at home & work out different muscle groups at one time. my trainer has us do scissors and bicycles for abs (check out on youtube).

i was prepping for a beach vacation last year and cut out all bread, processed food and sugar (limited fruit) about 2 weeks before. stuck with steamed veggies, rice and grilled lean meat and it definitely helped cut back on “belly bloat” and made me feel a lot better.

good luck!

Post # 4
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I always find the old fashioned stuff works best: pushups, burpees, and variations on those….they suck, but they work, plus with the burpees there’s a cardio componant. And as an added bonus you don’t need equipment.

For a video, I’ve heard good things about the Jillian Michaels ones…

Post # 5
606 posts
Busy bee

jillian michaels’ 30 day shred video is awesome, even if you don’t have the 30 days.

Post # 6
841 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception / Courtyard Marriott Legacy Ballroom

Tribesports has some really good workouts here:

I’m still working on toning my arms and core, but I’ve toned my legs with the sexy leg workout.

Post # 7
4998 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Tone is simply low body fat with decent lean mass. Track your calorie intake and aim for a 1lb a week loss, eat more protein, eat a reasonable amount of fat and most importantly do a progressive strength training programme (I took up heavy barbell training and now do powerlifting). 

Using those guidelines, I’ve gone from borderline obese to lean and toned. I don’t really do cardio and, despite now being a competitive powerlifter, no one guesses that’s my secret unless told because I’m not even slightly bulky.

And you can make a big difference in 10 weeks if you go the route I suggested. In the first ten weeks I was doing strength training, I dropped two dress sizes (even though I only lost about 10lb).

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