(Closed) Advice on toning body exercises?

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 5
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Hm.. not sure about the lifting heavy part. For weight loss and toning Women should do a lot of cardio and lift lighter weights but with more reps.

For example, for arms, you’d start with 2-5 lbs, depending on your own strength, i started with 2 and built up as it got easier for me, but then ill do 20 or more curls instead of 12. 

People who want to build muscles for a body builder status, would lift heavier and stress out their muscles to grow bigger along with protien. 


I would also recommend checking out some of Jillian Michael’s DVDs, I got mine from amazon. She will def kick your butt ๐Ÿ˜›

Post # 6
5474 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I lift semi-heavy weights and look toned, not bulky.  For the most part, women lack the testosterone necessary to get BIG.  Many Bees suggest a book, and I can’t remember the entire title, but it’s something to the effect of ‘New Rules of Lifting for Women’ or something like that.  Sorry I don’t know the whole title ๐Ÿ™

I’m currently marathon training, so I do an all body lifting session once a week, and I do a second upper body only session later in the week.  I think the weight I use is moderate, not heavy, and I’m benching 50, squatting/lunging/deadlifting 60, shoulder pressing & bicep curling & tricep pressing 30 (total- not each hand!)

When I’m not training for a race, I lift twice a week, do spin class twice a week, and run once or twice a week.  To focus more on toning & trimming, I’d say lift Monday, Wednesday, Friday, do cardio Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and take Sunday as a rest day.  Recovery is just as important as working out- you have to give your muscles a day in between lifting sessions to recover & rebuild.

Diet is also really important.  Think about it:  you can tone & build all kinds of muscle, but if they’re hidden hunder fat you’ll never see them!  I like MyFitnessPal- it gives me a good snapshot of my diet, and lets me know if I’m defficient in any particular area. 

Post # 7
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@DaneLady:  Yep, new rules of lifting for women. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m working my way through it and highly recommend it.

Heavy lifting won’t bulk you up – women lack the testosterone to go full on body builder just by lifting weights a few times a week. My recent high was squatting 105lbs and I’m in no way, shape or form bulky – and I’m positive there are plenty of women here that outlift me in the weight room and they aren’t bulky either! I have some nice muscle tone for once in my life with all the heavier weights I work with now. You can’t tone muscles you don’t have, and to build muscle, you gotta lift more than 5lbs!

Post # 8
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@MsGosling510:  Not always true.  I do New Rules of Lifting for Women which advocates heavy weights with less reps.  I’m looking and feeling better than ever and running faster than I have in the past (just a side benefit I think)

As an example, I do lunges with 30 lbs in each hand, 60 lb squats, 70 lbs deadlifts, 95 lat pulls and rows.  And I think this is on the low end of what women using this program progress to.

Post # 10
28 posts
  • Wedding: December 2012

@julyweddinglovebirds: I think it also depends on what kind of toning you want and how soon you want it ๐Ÿ™‚ When is your wedding??

Post # 12
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

yoga, hands down.

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