Tuesday, January 17, 2012

My favorite toning exercises

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE TONING EXERCISES
Most of these exercises are intermediate.  You can modify them, the modifications are pretty obvious.  I recommend doing 2 sets of 15-20 reps.


  ARMS/SHOULDERS/BACK:


MODIFIED PUSHUP CLAP-- If you can't do the clap, it's okay- start out with plain modified pushups.  If those are too easy, but the clap is too hard, try doing regular pushups with your legs straight off the floor.





SHOULDER SHAPER: COURTESY: SELF.COM-- In the position that the woman in the picture is in, raise arms straight up in the air, then return.  You can also do this exercise standing up with feet parallel, shoulder length apart.




LUNGE WITH FLY AND CURL: Starting with feet parallel standing straight , put right leg out, raise arm parallel to shoulder, Put right leg back and return hands to side palms facing in.




Abs/core exercises
CATEPILLAR TWIST: COURTESY OF HEALTH.COM

COURTESY: HEALTH.COM--- WINDMILL




C-TWIST COURTESY OF HEALTH.COM




LEGS/BUNS




WEIGHTED LUNGES COURTESY: BYETOFATS.COM
remember to keep your knee directly above your ankle


JUMP SQUAT WITH WEIGHT (You can sub ball with dumbell, i've done it)



Plies with weights- Stand with legs together, knees facing opposite sides with your heels touching, feet should look like a V.  With weights in both hands, knuckles facing outwards, bend your knees so that the space between your legs would look like a diamond.  Return to standing straight up, and repeat.  This gets rid of the inner-thigh touch.







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