What are your must-have toning items (weights, exercise balls, etc.)?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
4998 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

All you really need is your own body and determination if you want to do bodyweight training but I really started to see a big change when I bought a barbell, a bench and some squat racks.

I got a standard barbell from Amazon for $30, picked up everything else second hand on the UK equivalent of Craig’s List and Freecycle. 

Low weight, high rep work doesn’t really do much for toning, as “tone” is just visible lean muscle. I’ve still got a way to go, but my arms and legs at least are regularly described as toned. 

Post # 3
4998 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

And favourite toning moves: 

  • Push ups and/or bench press
  • Squats (dumbbell, barbell, bodyweight, pistol, split, Bulgarian split etc)
  • Deadlifts
  • Rows (barbell, single arm dumbbell etc)
  • Planks

I also love yoga but more for mobility than strength.

Post # 4
1826 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

A barbell and weight set. You don’t need a huge amount of weight at first, so if you get a barbell and a few plates, you can always pick up more as you progress.

Try getting the book “New Rules of Lifting for Women”, or researching Stronglifts 5×5 online (it’s free) to get started.

Whatever you do, make sure you squat and deadlift – those are the best compound lifts out there!

Post # 5
4819 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

“toning” = muscle.

favorite used item kettle bells.

Post # 6
472 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Kettle Balls and hand/ankle weights =) 


Post # 7
1608 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

At home I have weights, a resistance band, and a yoga mat.

Post # 9
4998 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

talia.teresa:  I did StrongLifts to begin with. Started with 20kg (45lb) for most things and 10kg (22lb) for the overhead press. It’s simple and straightforward and really works. 

A year on, I’m doing three different programmes for the “Big Three” lifts of powerlifting (squat, bench and deadlift) as prescribed by a coach. 

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