Post # 1
I have NO exercise items, and am looking for recommendations on where to start building my “collection.”
Right now I’m focused on accessories to lower-intensity toning exercises – such as weights, resistance bands, exercise balls, etc. But, I’m not really sure where to start. I don’t know what items are the most useful and effective, I really don’t even know the difference between a few different things.
Please share with me your “must-have” items for toning-related exercise, and why you love them so much (or, more than other items).
Bonus if you share your favorite toning moves!
Post # 2
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
And favourite toning moves:
- Push ups and/or bench press
- Squats (dumbbell, barbell, bodyweight, pistol, split, Bulgarian split etc)
- Rows (barbell, single arm dumbbell etc)
I also love yoga but more for mobility than strength.
Post # 4
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
“toning” = muscle.
favorite used item kettle bells.
Post # 6
Kettle Balls and hand/ankle weights =)
Post # 7
At home I have weights, a resistance band, and a yoga mat.
Post # 8
vmec: cupcakebride2013: mm86:
Thanks, guys! It’s very cool to see that you have similar favorite items – it makes the process of choosing the things a lot easier 😀
So, if higher-weight, lower-rep toning exercises are more effective, what would you consider a good higher weight to start with (for arm exercises for example)? Is higher-weight considered like 20 pounds, or 50, or…? I’m not really sure lol.
Thanks, I hadn’t heard of Stronglift or that book! I will definitely look into both of them! 🙂
Post # 9
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.