Every woman wants to have a fit and toned body, but a lot of them are afraid that they will look masculine if they build up their muscles. However, this is just a misconception as the hormonal and body structure of men and women vary and lifting weights and exercising is not going to make you bulky and masculine. You start going to the gym for toning your body and whipping it into shape, but you may get disappointed if you don’t see results. This can be due to unrealistic expectations and also because you don’t know the right moves and exercises.
If you want a toned and fit figure and you want them quickly, you can take advantage of the following workouts for scoring tighter calves, arms, thighs, butt and lower abs. With these workouts, your overall body shape will be slimmer and toner:
Squat and Shoulder Press: Keep your feet hip-width apart and stand straight. In each hand, hold five-pound weights, keep your arms bent and palm facing in. Bend your knees and squat. Pause for a few seconds and then stand while pressing your arms straight up over the shoulders. It is recommended to do 8 to 12 reps. Some interesting details in this regard is available here.
Pull Combo: Keep your feet hip-width apart and stand with your arms bent 90 degrees. Like a sprinter, your right hand should be up by the face and left should be near hip. Bend your torso forward and lift your knee towards the chest. Extend your left leg back and left arm forward. Go back to standing position and put your left food behind and lower it into a lunge and keep your arms in sprinter position. Pause for a few seconds and rise up in one movement. Swing your arms to switch positions, lift left knee towards chest and rise up onto the toes of your right foot. Switch legs and do the same.
Crossover Lunge: In this exercise, stand straight and keep your arms palm down and at shoulder height. Put your right foot forward and cross it in front of the left. Lower your body into a lunge like a curtsy and twist your torso to the right. Push off the right foot, untwist and go back to the original position. Repeat this exercise 8 to 12 times.
Inchworm: Place your hands on the floor in front of your toes while bending forward. Walk your hands forward until your body has formed a plank position. Perform a push up and then move back to the start. Make sure your belly button is pulled in. Do this at least 8 to 12 times.
Standing Lift: Take one weight in both hands and stand straight with your left foot in front of the right. Extend your arms so the weight is by your right hip. Keep your torso straight and make sure it doesn’t twist while rotating your arms up and across. Then go back to the start, switch sides and do 8 to 12 reps.