The best way to get your body ready for summer is to lift heavy weights!
Nothing Can Beat Free-Weights & Compound Exercises For Muscle Tone
Women need to lift heavy, challenging weights just like men in order to gain muscle. While machines do provide sufficient stimulation to gain muscle, nothing can beat free-weight/compound exercises. Here are a few free-weight and compound exercises that we will incorporate into a 12 week weight training plan to shape and tone your body.
Deadlifts are a full body exercise, activating almost every muscle in the body. Deadlifts hit the legs, back, traps, abs, obliques, etc. If you don’t have any back injuries, deadlifts are a must for building a fully developed body.
Squats are going to give you the most bang for your buck as they are one of the most effective exercises you can do for overall leg development. Free weight barbell squats are a compound exercise that hits the entire upper leg, quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes. If you’re planning on busting out those daisy dukes this summer squats are a must for sexy, toned legs.
Lunges are great for targeting the glutes, hamstrings, and quadriceps. Lunges will help tighten up your legs and butt and give you the curves you want.
Pull-ups work the muscles of the back, biceps, and forearms. Most gyms have an assisted pull-up machine, so if you cannot do pull-ups with your bodyweight, this machine will allow you to do pull-ups with less than your bodyweight.
Dips work the muscles of the chest, shoulders, and triceps. Dips are a great exercise for overall upper body development, especially the shoulders and triceps. Most gyms have an assisted dip machine, so if you cannot do dips with your bodyweight, this machine will allow you to do dips with less than your bodyweight.