Different exercises serve different purposes. If you’re serious about attaining that dream body of yours, you have to be aware of which exercises will work best for you. Some exercises are made for strengthening, some are for bulking up, some are for toning, and many other things. This time, we’ll focus on the best toning exercises that yield amazing results. They are mostly toning exercises for women, but of course, men are welcome to use them too.
We’ll start with the all-important ab toning exercises. The key to toning your abs is knowing that it comes with strengthening your core. It goes hand in hand. Old-school crunches are all well and great, but they aren’t the best way to achieve that perfectly toned set of abs anymore.
You can try these ab toning exercises:
Lie down on your back and keep your legs straight and hip-width apart. Crunch up and click your heels together at the same time. Make sure not to pull your lift from your next, but from your core and upper body. Then return to your original position. Do 3 sets of 10 reps.
The Twisting Scissor
Lie down on your back again. Raise your right leg to a 90 degree angle, keeping the left on the floor. Keep both legs straight and make sure that your feet stay flexed. Crunch up and twist your torso towards your right side, while reaching your left leg towards your right. Then go return to your original position and repeat on the other side. 1 rep is equal to doing it once on each side. Do 3 sets of 10 reps.
Next to a great set of toned abs, what woman doesn’t want to have a perfectly perky and toned butt? The thing is, the way to a great ass is paved along with the road to an awesome set of thighs. How on earth will you get on those fabulously-fitting jeans that show off your butt when they can’t even go up your thigh?
You can try these great thigh toning exercises that will do wonders for your butt at the same time:
Squat and Shoulder Press
This is one of the variations of the classic thigh squats. Stand with your feet at hip-width distance, and hold weights in each hand. You can start with 5 pounds in each hand. Raise your arms up to your shoulders and then bend them into a 90-degree angle. (Note: Keep your arms bent and your palms facing in as you squat.) Bend your knees down to a squat, and make sure your knees don’t go over your toes. Simply extend your butt out further as you go down to prevent this from happening. After you’ve reached at least 90 degrees on your squat, push your body up to a standing position and push your arms straight up over your shoulders and your head. At this point, your arms, your head, your torso and your legs should form a straight line. This is 1 rep. Then return straight down to your squat and begin your next rep. Do 3 sets of 10-12 reps.
Begin in a standing position with your feet hip-width distance apart, with your arms bent to 90 degrees. Still bent, place your right hand near your hip and your left hand by your head, much like a sprinter. Bend your right knee and lift it toward your chest. Lean your torso forward until it is parallel to the floor, and then extend your right arm forward, and your right leg back. At this point, your entire body should be forming a T-shape. Return to your standing position, and then step your right leg back and behind you, then go down into a lunge, with your arms back in your original sprinter pose. Hold here. Then go back up in one explosive motion, with your arms swinging to switch positions, and your right knee lifting up towards your chest, as your body lifts up and you’re on your left foot’s toes. Now, go back to your original position and repeat for your next rep. Do at least 1 set of 8-12 reps on each side.
Last but not the least; you must not forget to work on toning your legs. They carry you around all day, and they have to look good in skirts, dresses, jeans, and shorts, for whatever occasion.
You can try these thigh toning exercises:
This is also great for toning your butt and thigh. Begin is a standing position with your feet hip-width distance apart, with your hands together at your chest. Lunge your right leg forward down to 90 degrees. Push back to your standing pose. Then side lunge your right leg out towards the right side down to 90 degrees, with your toes still pointing forward. Push back up to your standing position. Then lunge backward with your right leg down to 90 degrees. Push back to your standing position. That completes 1 rep. Do 2-3 sets of 15-20 reps on each side.
Three-Way Calf Raise
Find an elevated platform. You can use your nearby staircase. Begin in a standing position with your hands on your hips. Place the balls of your feet on the bottom step of the staircase, and your heels hanging over the edge. Point your toes in, then left your heels up, and then lower them a little bit lower than the step. Do 15-20 reps. After that, point your toes out up to 45 degrees, and then do the same thing. Do 15-20 reps. Lastly, point your toes straight forward and lift one leg. Do the same thing, but on only one leg. Do 15-20 reps. on each side. That completes 1 set. Do 2-3 sets.
This concludes our series of the best thigh and abs toning exercises that yield amazing results. They are easy to do and to integrate into any existing toning workout you may already have. They aren’t particularly hard exercises, but they get the job done when it comes to toning your abs and thigh.