Workout to Get Toned & Firm Without Bulking Up

Many women want to tone their arms and legs to get that firm, lean look, yet they’re afraid of looking bulky. While it is true that lifting heavy weights often over a long period of time can give you a bodybuilder personality, this is not the case for most women. Due to lower testosterone levels in most women’s bodies, weightlifting makes muscles stronger, rather than bigger. Most of us would benefit from some strength training, as it helps prevent osteoporosis. In fact, muscle is also great at burning calories, which means that building muscle can actually help you lose body fat. That’s right, the strength training in this toning workout can make you look leaner!

This toning workout is all about using bodyweight and light dumbbells to help your muscles grow. You’ll be doing moves to target your entire body, including abs, arms, shoulders, and thighs.

What You’ll Need: a timer (your phone’s timer should work), a mat to lay on the floor, a set of light dumbbells (5-10 lbs.), and a set of medium dumbbells (15-25 lbs.)

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What to Do: Set your timer for 4 minutes. Cycle through the 3 exercises in the first set as fast as you can until the four minutes are over. Repeat with each set.

Below, we included videos showing how to perform each move. Using proper form helps prevent injuries and ensures you’re getting the most out of your workout.

Set 1

40 Mountain Climbers
20 Goblet Squats
24 Walking Lunges

Set 2

40 Russian Twists
10 Push-Ups
15 Squats to Shoulder Press

Set 3

15 Tricep Extensions
24 Up & Down Planks
20 Goblet Squats

Mountain Climbers

Goblet Squats

Walking Lunges

Russian Twists

Push Ups

Squats to Shoulder Press

Tricep Extensions

Up & Down Planks

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