Every last woman is aware of those tricky problem areas which take a little additional work to tighten and tone (washboard abs, anyone?). Following a great deal of exercise trial and error, I have finally found a perfect set of routines that help you shape up and start feeling confident in your favorite skinny jeans, swimsuit or sexy cocktail dress!!
Keep reading for the top 5 fat burning workouts for women which work miracles for my stomach, booty, inner thighs and shoulders plus guidelines on how to include them in your workout routine.
1. Side Plank
This particular workout is my secret weapon to help shrink and tighten my waistline. It really works the deep ab muscles that a lot of abdominal exercises don’t hit.
The best way to do it: Lie on your left side while keeping your knees straight. Position your upper body on your left elbow and forearm. Lift up your hips until your whole body forms a straight line going from your ankles to shoulders.
Try and hold this pose for 30 seconds. Next turn around making sure that you’re laying on your other side and repeat.
I’m a big fan of this exercise since it works your whole body, burning a great deal of calories, in addition to tightening the chest muscles to keep them perky inside your bikini.
The best way to do it: Get down on all fours and put your hands on the ground making sure that they’re a little wider than and in line with your shoulder blades, feet close together.
Drop your body until your chest almost touches the ground and then push yourself straight back to the starting position. Ensure that you keep your hips lifted as well as your core braced the whole time.
Include high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to your workout to lose more calories within a shorter period of time, rather than long, slow endurance training.
The best way to do it: Select any piece of cardio equipment (treadmill, bike, jump rope, etc) and repeat this particular pattern 10 times total:
- 3 minutes x 50% of your maximum effort
- 20 seconds x 75% of your maximum effort
- 10 seconds x your ultimate maximum effort
4. Triceps Extensions
This is definitely my personal favorite exercise for toning the rear of shoulders and triceps. I prefer light weights and complete a large number of reps (25+) with this exercise.
The best way to do it: Enter in to a lunge position, keeping your back heel on the floor. Lean over your front bent knee as you raise your arm upright by your side, the top of the weight looking at the ceiling.
Lift and reduce the 2-3 pound weight approximately an inch (30 times for both sides).
5. Step Ups
This workout focuses on your hamstrings and gluts to develop leaner, more powerful legs, along with a tighter, lifted backside. Step ups also target your quadriceps because they expect you to extend your knee against resistance.
The best way to do it: Stand in front of a step or bench and put your left foot securely on the step. Push your left foot into the step and thrust your body up until finally your left leg is straight.
Drop your body back down until your right foot meets the ground and repeat.
How to utilize these moves
Pick three of the exercises and do 3 sets of each routine ten times. Go as quickly as possible between moves for best calorie burn. The following day, perform another 3 mixing the exercises up the whole time.