Post # 1
I have been working out since November and have definently seen a loss in pounds and inches from my lower half, but now it’s time to work on my upper half I think…
What do you fitness ladies recommend? I was thinking of starting the Shred along with my cardio…but then I also wondered if I should lift weights along with that…or instead of the shred…
Help! I am a toning dummy! I haev no idea where to start!
Post # 3
I do the shred, and I think it is great. Jillian makes you do numerous reps of low weights, which seems to tone really well. Also, in my experience, push-ups are the best way to tone arms. Start with your knees on the ground if you have to and work up to the full, non-knees style.
Post # 4
A sure-fire quick win for your triceps are dips — and you don’t even need weights to do them. Sit on a chair and place your hands on either side of you, then ease yourself off the chair with your knees bent at right angles, supporting yourself with your arms. Then dip down and press back up. It makes a bit difference!
Post # 5
Ok. I think I will try the shred. I can get phase 1 on my on demand, so I will do it for a week, and if I like it take the plunge and buy the DVD.
Post # 6
Another great one is small arm circles with a weight in each hand (3 lbs is plenty!). Just circle forward for 30 seconds (tiny arm circles), then backward for 30 seconds.
Post # 7
Oh the arm circles…thats a good one for just when i am sitting watching tv at night. As well as the dips and the pushups! Thanks ladies!
Post # 8
I agree that doing exercises with weights. It is really easy to tone up your arms but you definetly need weights and just just doing cardio. Don’t be afraid of using weights, women won’t ever bulk up like a man from using weights since we don’t have enough testosterone.
Post # 9
The Shred will be perfect for you. If you really want to tone fast, challenge yourself with your hand weights. I do 8 lb weights with it, and am definitely seeing toning results. Also, with the reps think more reps more quickly – that’ll make your arms leaner.
Post # 10
I second MissAsB – don’t be afraid to use weights! I’m doing P90X, which involves lots of weights, push-ups, and pull-ups. I have DEFINTIELY toned my upper and lower body, but I most certainly do not look like a bodybuilder.
The tricep dips using the chair are a GREAT tricep exercise, and often one of the weakest muscles groups in women. The arm circles are great for upper arms/shoulders. Bicep curls can’t hurt either – 8-10 reps for size, more for lean. The last three of any set should be HARD – that is how you know you have the right weight. Good luck!
Post # 11
I third Miss AsB & Valhalla – do weights! The whole ‘women who do weights bulk up like men’ is an old wives tale. I use this book – http://www.amazon.ca/New-Rules-Lifting-Women/dp/1583333398/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1265132656&sr=8-1
I am already noticing a difference in my arm tone.