Toning Workout

Squat Shoulder Press

Although some of you fitness connoisseurs are specifically set on adding muscle mass, many folks are just looking to be more toned – more definition and tightness without any more added bulk. Some exercises are better than others for achieving a satisfying level of muscle tone. Here’s a look at two of the best toning exercises out there – if you’re feeling dissatisfied with your current level of muscle tone, add them to your workout and check in on the results in a couple of weeks!

Squat Shoulder Press

This exercise is much like a standard squat, but with the addition of a shoulder press. You’ll need do relatively light-weight dumbbells and should aim for 8-12 reps.

In a standing position, hold the weights in the air with your arms bent at a right angle in front of you, elbows facing the ground. Sink into a squat. On your way up, press your arms straight up in the air as you come to standing.

Crossover Lunge

Begin with your feet hip distance apart and knees slightly bent. Now swing your right leg out behind you in a curtsy-like motion.

Your left leg should be bent in a lunge-like position with your knee straight over your ankle – not too far forward or far back.

As you curtsy out to the side with your right leg, twist your torso and swing your arms out to the right side as well.

Come back to a normal standing position and repeat.

Aim for 8-12 reps. You should feel a burn in the quad of your leading leg, the hamstring of your trailing leg, and warmth throughout your core and upper body. Let the toning begin!

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