Whether you’re looking to tone up before a specific event, a model show, some beach time in the summer, or just want to stay in shape, then the tips in this article are for you.
They are about how you can use the simplest of equipment and exercises that can tone your body in the best way possible.
The Bicep Curl
Dumbbell bicep curls are the most practiced exercise completed with dumbbells and have become one of the easiest ways to tone your upper arms and build muscle. The advice is to keep the dumbbell weight as manageable as possible for you to complete at least 20 repetitions and then do as many sets as you can as part of an all-over body workout. This will serve to build muscle and burn calories.
Most exercises work through the shoulders and you will need strong shoulders to prevent injury and a lengthy recovery. As such, building these up and strengthening the shoulders is a fantastic way to prepare for the work that is to come, but it is also a wonderful way to tone all muscle growth. Look to do simple shoulder rolls, where you hold the dumbbells at your side and simply roll the shoulders both forwards and backwards. Use weights that are heavy enough to feel the shoulders working and only increase this once the shoulders are easily able to do your starting weight.
The Bent-Over Row
Holding a dumbbell in each hand and bending over to 45 degrees, simply pull the dumbbells to your chest and then lower them again, which is a complete repetition. The trick is to keep bent over until all repetitions are complete and then stretch it out and stand up for the next exercise. It’s also known as the two-arm bent-over dumbbell row and will serve to tone the upper and lower back, which will be incredibly useful for all core work and the toning of the midsection.
With a dumbbell in each hand, simply lunge or step forward and keep control of the movement and the weights. This exercise will work the quads, hamstrings, glutes, and calves, it’s an all-over leg workout and the best way by far to tone the leg muscles.
Lying on the floor and doing chest presses with the dumbbells in each hand is a terrific way to build the chest muscles without the need for a bench press or barbell. If the dumbbells are an appropriate weight, then you will get huge benefits from using the floor press.
It is vital to keep in mind the fact that toning the body is primarily all about losing weight and building lean muscle at the same time, and as you achieve this, the body begins to look leaner and more toned. Thus, the exercises as aforementioned will all work, but will need you to adjust and monitor your diet at the same time to ensure the results that you want.