Do You Wanna Learn Some Awesome Workout Routines For Toning?

Brilliant! 'Cos we want to teach you some of the best workout routines for toning that we have ever done!

These toning workouts are so effective. There is a workout for everyone on this page. Whether you're looking for a quick and easy workout, or a massive muscle waster... we've got what you need :-) We know how hard it is to find decent workout routines for toning on the internet. That's why we decided to dedicate an entire page to it. Enjoy!

 

These are the workout routines for toning your muscles that you will learn from this article:

 

  • These workout routines for toning suit everyday people. People who have kids to look after, have a limited budget for fitness and those who don't have a lot of time. We want to eliminate all excuses by making fitness training hassle free!
  • The equipment that we use in our workout routines for toning is mostly home made gym equipment, or things like swiss balls and medicine balls etc. You can get these for peanuts. Being fit shouldn't break the bank!
  • The workout routines for toning that we have designed can be done within your own home. Theres no need to go to the gym. Yay, yet another saving that can be spent on something like... hmm a holiday?
  • Workout routines for toning are a good way to build a base of fitness so that you can increase the intensity of your workouts.
  • Having more muscle tone makes everyday chores easier.
  • They are essential if you are wanting to move onto more advanced exercises.
  • Workout routines for toning are a great way to build overall bodily strength and muscle. Muscle needs fuel to survive... This means that by developing your overall muscle mass, you will have an easier time trying to lose weight. Now thats great news!
  • Having toned muscles will make you look and feel great.

Workout 1 - Full Body Workout, A Bit Of A Test!

Things you will need for this workout:

Check out our Table of guidelines for how many reps and sets you should be doing.

 

 

Exercise 1 - Super Ab Bench Exercise

This exercise uses our special home made ab bench. This is one of the best ab exercises of all time. The steeper the bench, the more difficult this exercise becomes. If you haven't built one of these yet you can just lie flat on your back and do the same movement. It's a little easier but it's perfect if you aren't strong enough yet.

  1. Make yourself an ab bench.
  2. Lie flat on the bench.
  3. Raise your feet above the bench.
  4. This is the start position.
  5. Quickly raise your legs to just above your arms.
  6. Without delay, lower them again to the start position.
  7. Repeat instantly.

 

Shaye starting the Ab Bench exerciseShaye in the second stage of Ab bench

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Exercise 2 - Side Ways Sit Ups

If you don't have a swiss ball then you can get into a similar position on the floor. Hook your feet under a couch. This isn't quite as effective as a swiss ball, but it's still good.

  1. Get your swiss ball.
  2. Set is up as seen in the example of this exercise.
  3. Do 10-20 reps, or as many as you can manage.
  4. Rest for 30 seconds and change sides.
  5. This is one set.
  6. In total do 3-4 sets.

 

Tom doing exercises for his obliquesTom on the Swiss ball

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Exercise 3 - Lower Back Exercise

If you don't have a swiss ball then you can get into a similar position on the floor. Hook your feet under a couch. This isn't quite as effective as a swiss ball, but is still good.

  1. Get your swiss ball.
  2. Set is up as seen in the example of this exercise.
  3. Do 10-20 reps, or as many as you can manage.
  4. Rest for 30 seconds between sets.
  5. In total do 3-4 Sets.

 

Shaye doing lower back exercises stage 1Shaye doing lower back exercises

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Exercise 4 - Good Old Situps

If you don't have a swiss ball then you can get into a similar position on the floor. Put your feet up onto your bed or couch. Carry on as in the directions.

  1. Get onto your mat.
  2. Rest your legs on a chair or a swiss ball.
  3. Do 15-30 reps, or as many as you can manage.
  4. Rest for 40 seconds and do another set.
  5. In total do 3-4 Sets.

 

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Exercise 5 - The Killer Twists

This is an awesome exercise. it really does a good job of targeting multiple areas. Great news for those of you who hatte to waste time!

  1. Get yourself a weight - a medicine ball or milk dumbottle will do the job.
  2. Stand with your legs just wider than shoulder width apart.
  3. Face your body towards one side and hold the weight above your head.
  4. This is the starting position.
  5. Lower the weight and turn your body towards the other side.
  6. Bend at your knees and crouch down towards the floor.
  7. Remember to keep a controlled movement.
  8. Slowly move back to the start position.
  9. Repeat.
  10. Do 10-20 reps, or as many as you can manage.
  11. Change sides.
  12. Rest for 30 seconds between sets.
  13. In total do 2-4 Sets.

 

Shaye doing killer twistsShaye doing killer twists stage 2

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Exercise 6 - Swiss Ball Butt Busters

If you don't have a swiss ball then you can get into a similar position as in the first picture. Put your feet up on a bed or couch. Hold this for as long as you can. Do 3-4 sets.

  1. Lie on the ground with your feet up on a swiss ball.
  2. Raise your hips so that you have a straight back.
  3. This is the start position.
  4. Bend your knees to 90 degrees, hold for a second.
  5. Straighten them.
  6. Do 8-16 reps.
  7. Do about 2-4 sets, depending on where you're at.

 

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Exercise 7 - Single Leg Calf Raises

These exercises are great for building calf muscles. If you aren't strong enough yet, don't worry about holding the weight.

  1. Find a step of some kind and something nearby. eg a chair to hold onto.
  2. Hold a weight in one hand.
  3. Set yourself up as shown in the pictures.
  4. Lift up onto your tip toes and tense your calf muscle.
  5. Hold for about 1 second.
  6. Lower your heel below the edge of the step.
  7. Do about 10-20 reps on each leg.
  8. Try to do 2-4 sets.

 

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Exercise 8 - Lunge Jumps

Our workout routines for toning wouldn't be the same without this one! Lunge jumps work your calves and thighs. They're also great for getting your heart rate up which we all know is great for fat loss.

  1. Start off in the lunge position.
  2. Push up and leap into the air.
  3. While you're in the air change your legs. ie: front to back.
  4. Land again in the squat position.
  5. Repeat immediately.
  6. Do about 20 reps, or as many as you can manage.
  7. Aim at doing 3-4 sets.

 

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Exercise 9 - Medicine Ball Throws

  1. This exercise needs a medicine ball - if you don't have one, make sure that you find a weight that will be safe to throw.
  2. Get into the position shown in the pictures.
  3. Throw that ball as high as you can.
  4. Make sure its controlled though - you don't want it coming down on your face!
  5. Do this until your arms are tired.
  6. Repeat 3-4 times.

 

 

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Yeeha! If you managed to get through that - Well Done. If you didn't manage to get it all done, good on you for trying. You will keep on improving.

 

Workout 2 - Light Workout After a Days Work!

Things you will need for this workout:

  • A weight of some sort, a medicine ball or milk dumbottle is perfect.
  • A swiss ball (If you don't have a swiss ball, we explain some alternative exercises which you can do instead.)
  • A medicine ball

Check out our table of guidelines for how many reps and sets you should be doing for our workout routines for toning.

NOTE: If you don't have some of this equipment, don't panic, you can do it without... it's just a little less effective.

 

Exercise 1 - Swiss Ball Thigh Dips

If you think you're not strong enough yet, you can do these without the milk dumbottles. If you don't have a swiss ball yet, do these against a smooth wall and use a towel on your back to help you slide up and down.

  1. Find a wall to press against.
  2. Hold a dumbottle in each hand.
  3. Sandwich a swiss ball between you and the wall.
  4. Put your feet about an arms length in front of your body.
  5. Bend your knees to 90 degrees and roll the ball down the wall.
  6. Raise back up to starting position.
  7. Repeat

 

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Exercise 2 - Medicine Ball Squat Jumps

This exercise is pretty tough. Please excuse Shaye's facial expression. Hopefully you won't look as scary as her when you do these! If you don't have a medicine ball, use some other form of weight, or none at all.

  1. Get into the squat position.
  2. Hold a medicine ball in front of you. (Optional)
  3. Spring yourself as high as you can into the air.
  4. Land in the squat potion.
  5. Hold for about 1 second.
  6. Repeat.

 

Thigh exercises medicine ball jumps stage oneThigh exercises medicine ball jumps stage two

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Exercise 3 - Swiss Ball Leg Lifts

If you don't have a swiss ball yet, do these with heavy shoes on. If your abs are weak, you may need to do them without a weight.

  1. Get a swiss ball.
  2. Lie on your back with the swiss ball in between your legs.
  3. Lift the swiss ball up.
  4. Lower it down.
  5. Repeat.

 

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Exercise 4 - Dumbbottle Press

You can either use dumbottles or dumbbells for this. This is a chest and arm exercise.

  1. Find somewhere to lie down on your back.
  2. Get two dumbbells or dumbottles.
  3. Hold one in each hand above your chest.
  4. Make sure your elbows are at 90 degree angles.
  5. Extend your arms out straight.
  6. Lower the bottles back down to the start position.
  7. Repeat.

 

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Exercise 5 - Dumbbell Side Dips

Another great one for targeting your obliques! Now there's definitely no excuse to be carrying that 'muffin effect' which hangs over you pants! If you don't have weights yet, use heavy stones or make yourself some milk dumbottles.

  1. Find a weight to hold in each hand.
  2. Stand up straight with your feet about shoulder width apart.
  3. Bend your body whilst lowering one weight closer to the floor.
  4. Go as far as you can.
  5. In a controlled motion, raise up again.
  6. Do this on the other side.
  7. Repeat the whole exercise.
  8. Do 10-20 reps

 

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Exercise 6 - Supermans

This is a really great exercise for toning the lower back. Make sure you focus on keeping the correct technique.

  1. Lie on your tummy
  2. Raise one leg and the opposite arm
  3. make sure you don't twist at the hips.
  4. Clench your butt if you are wanting to work your glutes as well.
  5. Lower your arm and leg to the ground and repeat with the other side.
  6. Do between 10-20

 

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