Our favorite tried and true workout routines
Going into a gym and demanding a six-pack of abs when there're pounds to lose around the middle area is just plain silly. Those sought-after sexy muscles won't show up if there is a layer of fat covering them up. Most of us got that memo a while back, but then are there workout routines for women at the gym that can get us the arms, back, and legs we so desire?
- With your arms staying straight out and hands behind the head, target your tummy. Move around on the medicine ball to cover all areas of the big middle muscles in your body.
- Step class props are a fantastic resource for building a better behind. Try repeating squats both on the floor and on the step, and if your form is correct, you will be sore the next day--in a good way!
- Lunges and squats done in either a instructor-led class or on your own will lead you to sleek and strong lower body.
- Whatever you do, do it differently. Punching a gym clock is great, but you'll see results faster if you switch up your regimen. Try ten minutes on the newest elliptical machine and then run on a treadmill for another twenty minutes.
- A gym is full of equipment that can aid you in getting the body you want. Take advantage of the machine weights, like the one in this photo, and strengthen your chest and shoulders.
- A medicine ball is an incredibly useful tool at the gym. It's good for a lot of things, but incorporate it into your abdominal training to really feel the burn.
- Weight loss and a lean look are the result of lots of cardiovascular exercises. A stationary bike, stairmaster, or elliptical machine will get your heart pumping.
- Use a cable cord to implement resistance training into your routine and get the triceps and biceps that rival Sofia Vergara's.
- Running is a fantastic way to burn calories and shed extra pounds. Utilize your gym's treadmill to change the grade and speed of your workout.
- Strengthen your upper back and work your quadriceps and glute muscles all at the same time. Find a sturdy bench at the gym and do three reps of fifteen each slowly and steadily. Form is super important in performance.
Rose Ann Serpico of SerpicoPowers, a boutique fitness studio in NYC, doesn't necessarily think so. The reason is simple: based on one's overall body composition, cut triceps or chiseled shoulders may not be possible. Want a butt like Beyoncés? Might not be in your genes.
Serpico recommends cardiovascular activities for weight loss and getting lean and weight lifting and training exercises for bulking up muscle. A big fan of resistence training for burning fat and turning it into muscle, Serpico tends to change her clients' workouts to keep things interesting.
She's definitely got the right idea there. Even marathon runners, of which Serpico is one, don't do the same run day in and day out. To avoid hitting a fitness plateau, make sure to mix up your workout regimen. Spending 45 minutes on the elliptical trainer and finishing with fifty crunches several times a week will get boring very fast.
If your gym offers classes, consider signing up for one you've never tried before, like a cardio boot camp session or a spinning class.
For a tighter tush, a stronger core, and structured arms, pay attention to exercises that work those particular muscle groups, but don't assume that simply targeting certain body parts is the smartest or fastest way to get fit. Click through the slideshow above for ten suggested moves that'll help whip your bod into shape.
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