Slim Down & Tone Up – Total Body Toning Workout
Your Slim Down Plan of Attack
No matter where you’re at right now, it’s time to take your fitness routine to the next level. After all, real progress requires that you keep trying new things!
And what better way to challenge yourself than a killer new total body toning workout?
This workout is ideal no matter your fitness goals. Whether you’re trying to tone up, firm up, or build muscle, this workout will challenge your body in just the right way. It’s a total body workout that combines both interval training and weight lifting. At the very least, it’s guaranteed to energize your day and jumpstart your metabolism, factors that are essential to fitness success.
Before I get to the workout, I want you to also consider the role of motivation in your own fitness routine. Motivation is really half the battle, so take a minute to review my Workout Motivation Tips. If you can figure out what works for you, you’ll be able to take on your goals in a serious way.
I also want you to think seriously about your diet. What you do at the gym is important, but you’re going to have to work twice as hard for the same results without a healthy diet. What you put in your body is just as important as what you do to your body. If you’re looking for a change, I recommend trying my Paleo Diet for Athletes here. Not only will it support fat loss, it’s also exactly what you need to build lean muscle mass.
Now let’s get to my killer new total body toning workout…
Tone Up with this Killer Total Body Workout!
This total body workout takes about 40 minutes in total to complete. It involves a little cardio, some interval training, and a lot of resistance training. The idea behind this workout is to keep you moving constantly, so you maximize your fat loss while boosting your muscle gains.
Ready for this? For each set, I want you to perform 10-12 repetitions unless otherwise indicated. Rest for no more than 20-30 seconds between sets.
- Warm-Up: 5 minutes of jump rope
- 2 minutes of sprinting (one side of the gym to the other) – if you don’t have room, try running on the spot
- 3 sets of bench step-ups (view exercise)
- 3 sets (15-20 reps each) of ab crunch on stability ball (view exercise)
- 2 sets of back extension with twist (view exercise)
- Superset 3 sets each of barbell bicep curl (view exercise) and bent-over barbell row (view exercise)
- 2 sets (each side) of oblique crunch on stability ball (view exercise)
- Superset 3 sets each of dumbbell chest press (view exercise) and seated tricep extension (view exercise)
- 2 sets of low ab bicycle crunch (view exercise)
- 1 minute of plank (view exercise)
- 3 sets of front dumbbell squat (view exercise)
- 2 sets (20-25 reps each) of knee tucks on bench (view exercise)
- 2 sets (each side) of woodchopper (view exercise)
- 2 minutes of jump rope
- Cool-Down: 1 minute of jumping jacks
Remember, the goal of this workout is to move through it quickly, so minimize your rest periods and make the most of every exercise. Perform this total body workout two to three times a week, and you’ll see major improvements in every muscle of your body.
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