Post # 1
I am getting married in Sept and have already embarked on a weightloss journey. I need to lost about 15-20 lbs. I am already down 6 lbs since the start of the new year. (woo-hoo!)
My problem/question is this: I don’t just want to lose the weight, I want to be toned, and I daresay, buff (but not bulky like a man). I have lost weight before and looked “skinny fat”- if anyone knows what I mean by that. My dress is strapless and I don’t want to have jiggly arms, etc.
Any suggestions on how I can get buff- especially in the arm/back area?
Post # 3
Rock climb! You forget that you’re even working out. But if that’s not your style, focus on pull ups, pushups, and lifts. Check out Jillian Michael’s Making the Cut!
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
if you’re interested at all, i really like yoga for the arms and upper body. good for you for already losing some pounds!
Post # 5
I wanted to tone to. Have you tried P90X- It’s intense but I did it for the first time last saturday with my fiancee it’s good stuff! I was sore for a few days but I feel more toned already…its probably all in my mind-HA!
Post # 6
I really like the Biggest Loser: Power Sculpting and Jillian Michaels: No More Trouble Zones. Those will kick you butt and help tone. Good Luck!
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2010 - Heron Hill Winery
I am going to try a Body Pump class this weekend…it’s supposed to be great for getting toned but not manly
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2010 - Heron Hill Winery
I will let you know how it goes! I am excited to see what it’s going to do for me 🙂
Post # 9
I am doing the 30 Day Shred right now and love it. I also ride horses and do some barn work, which tones muscles you never knew you had. 🙂 Pilates is also a great one for retaining and building flexibility while strengthening and building muscle.
Post # 10
Weight lifting (low weight, high reps) is a good way to tone. Focus on the upper body machines (haha duh). Women are always scared of getting “guy buff”, but really, it’s practically impossible without steroids, so I wouldn’t stress. I’ve had years where I was lifting 5x/week (really high weight), and I didn’t look like a man! I looked like a very strong woman. Good luck!!
Post # 11
Pilates has really worked for me. I’ve been taking classes for a few years now and my arms and back have never looked better! Although the emphasis is on your core (abs and back) classes often include arm exercises (like push-ups).
Post # 12
Weight lifting! VERY few women get bulging type muscles without taking steroids. There’s lots of exercises to target your arms and back. You want to start with a level of weights where you’re tired after 8-12 reps but not so tired your form is terrible. Do three sets. Repeat every 2-3 days. Increases reps until 12 is easy, then increase weight amount in the next session. There’s resources online or trainers who can help with specific exercises but seriously do not be afraid of the weight lifting!
Post # 13
I second the yoga suggestion, and would like to add swimming to the mix. It’s a great total body workout, and does a great job toning the arms.
Post # 14
I triple weight lifting! It doesn’t necessarily help me lose weight (although it does get me to the gym, at least close to the cardio stuff), but it DEFINITELY helps me tone up. It’s the only form of exercise that I really enjoy (other than games), and I enjoy it because I see (and feel) definite results very soon after starting a regimen.
I’m doing the 30 Day Shred on my off days, and while I feel like I get a good workout, I don’t think it really helps build and tone muscles nearly as well as weight training.
Post # 15
I second Miss Biner’s suggestion. Rock climb!! It’s SO much better than ellipticals. It’s much more interesting. I was NOT athletic and after rock climbing at least 3x a week, I noticed a difference in weeks. I felt stronger. I gained weigh b/c of muscle mass, but I trimmed down a LOT.
I also think yoga is great. If you did them together, yoga could help you strech out from climbing. I don’t really think yoga works very fast. It’s much more of a process. When I first started my practice (power yoga), I did it for flexibility and the mental focus. I noticed a change in my body, but it honestly wasn’t a huge improvement. I wasn’t trying to lose weight, though. Bikram yoga is probably the best type of yoga for getting results. You HAVE to drink more water (which helps with losing weight-you feel full and eat less) and you feel better when you eat right when you do Bikram yoga. That’s a personal opinion, though.
Post # 16
I agree with the low weights, high reps suggestions — perfect for the arms and upper body.
Good luck with it! I’m on a similar length journey to tone myself up — combo of running and weights works for me.