6 Workout Moves to Tone Up Fast!

It’s Week two of the Fit Body Reboot, my fitness and health collaboration with Fitness blogger Sydney Torabi. Last week I shared some secrets to preparing my body for an intense workout or stressful week. It included some of my favorite foods and ways to get moving.

This week, I’m sharing 6 Tone Up Moves that Sydney & I swear by. On a normal week, I aim to get in three 45 minute workouts minimum. On top of the three workouts, I usually spend at least 30 minutes dancing (specifically samba and twerkin’) two days out of the week. I admit that I don’t always reach my goal and it’s immediately apparent when I’ve been slacking. So get ready to get tone and bikini ready with these 6 Tone Up Moves!

6 Tone Up Moves for Your Best Body!

Sydney and I have compiled our favorite workout moves to get your body toned. And best of all, you don’t need much more than a set of 10-15lb dumbbells, a jump-rope, a level park bench, and sheer determination.

*Disclaimer: Before beginning any new workout routine, always consult with you primary care physician. The workouts featured in this blog post are meant to inspire and motivate. 

The V-Sit & Modified V-Sit

This move is perfect for strengthening your abdominals and working your traps (upper back) as well. The modified version is done with a jump rope or resistance band.

How to do it:

Sit on a level surface (yoga mats can make this move more comfortable) and bring knees up to a 90 degree angle. Lift your chest to create a V shave. Holding a 10-15lb weight, twist torso to the left side of your body. Hold for 1 second and return to starting position. Repeat this move on the right side of the body to complete one set.

*Modified move: Replace the weight with a jump rope or resistance band.

Do: 3 sets of 10-15 reps
Jump Squats

Jump squats are my favorite move for toning and lifting my butt. I specifically target my glutes in every workout. I have a small bum and so I do what I can to give it that extra lift!

How to do it:

On a level surface, leap forward and land with feet flat on the ground and knees bent at a 90 degree angle. The stronger you get the lower you can go, which activates different muscles.

*Form Correction: When landing in squat position, be sure to keep chest up and don’t let knees extend past the tips of your toes.

Do: 3 sets of 8-10 reps
Bench Step-ups

Another move targeting the glutes, bench step-ups work your quads and your glutes. This is a super power move.

How to do it:

Holding on to 10-15lb weights, step up on to a park bench, step, or workout bench with one leg. On the extension of your leg, lift your back leg up and squeeze your glute. Repeat on the opposite leg to complete a set.

*Modified move: Do the move without a weight.

*Form Correction: When lifting up, be sure to keep chest up and shoulders back.

 

Do: 3 sets of 8-10 reps

High Plank w/ Alternating leg lift

” I love this move because you’re working your core stability while lifting and toning your glutes!” – Syndey Torabi

How to do it:

In a high plank position, lift one leg off the ground while tightening your glute on the lift. Lower leg to the ground and repeat on the other leg to complete a rep.

Do: 3 sets of 8-10 reps

*Form Correction: Tighten your abdominals and keep back as flat as possible. Don’t let your butt sink towards the floor or lift to the sky.

Tricep Push-ups

“With this move, you want to keep your elbows shooting back with each drop. Keeping them glued to your sides, hovering your chest 1-3 inches above the ground, and focusing on your whole body moving as one”- Syndey Torabi

How to do it:

In a high plank position, keep your elbows shooting back with each drop. Keeping them glued to your sides, hovering your chest 1-3 inches above the ground, lower and lift back up slowly to complete 1 rep.

Do: 3 sets of 8-10 reps

*Form Correction: Tighten your abdominals and keep back as flat as possible. Don’t let your butt sink towards the floor or lift to the sky.

High Plank Mountain Climbers

“This move can either be used as a cardio burst or abdominal toner depending on the speed. Faster reps = higher heart rate; Slower Squeeze = abdominal burn.”- Syndey Torabi

How to do it:

In a high plank position, alternate bringing one knee to your chest (as if you are running in place). The faster you alternate your legs, the more of a cardio burn you will receive. If you go slower and contract your abdominal muscles whenever you bring your knee to your chest, you will get a great ab workout.

Do: 3 sets of 8-10 reps

 

I hope these moves will inspire you to get moving and get fit. I’m excited to incorporate Sydney’s workout moves into my own fitness regime (but I have to admit, I HATE working out my arms LOL). What’s your favorite exercise? I love reading your comments!

 

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