Do you want to build your muscle tone but avoid looking like a bodybuilder? Yeah I know, not everyone is bat-shit crazy over getting that ultra-fit look but most of us do want that ultra-fit FEEL. Let’s get cracking to talk about the top best exercises for building muscle tone.
Monkey Push-up (description according to Shape.com magazine)
Get on all fours and curl toes under, then lift your hips and knees so your body forms an inverted V shape, hips higher than shoulders. Raise right leg to hip height behind you. Bend elbows, lowering chest toward the floor. Push up to starting position. Do 10 reps; switch raised leg halfway through set.
Tones: arms, legs, abdominals and back
Lay down as if you were going to do a regular ab crunch but spread your legs so that the sole of your feet face each other. It should look like some sort of laid back, awkward sitting indian position. Do 10 reps and hold last one for 10 seconds.
Tones: abdominals and inner thighs
Mountain Climbers (Twisted Knee Planks as described by health.com)
Get into plank position (the up part of a push-up). Twist your lower body to the left, then to the right; return to center. Bring your left knee forward to touch your left elbow; hold for 1 second, then return to center and repeat on the right side. That’s 1 rep; do 10-20 reps.
Tones: upper body, abdominals, back and thighs.
Open Stance Squats (for highest intensity)
Squat down as you normally would but try to expand your legs outward as much as you can while simultaneously squatting as low as you can WITHOUT falling, losing balance or getting dizzy. This is very important as you might injure yourself by trying to do an impossibly open squat, I don’t want to hear about any fractured coccyx from any of my readers, please! Start of with reps of 10 and hold for 10s at the last one.
Tones: calves, inner and outer thighs, butt-cheeks
To learn more exercises you can do you might also want to try taking Pilates classes or looking up videos for such workouts. Pilates will help you strengthen your core and build up muscle tone that will make you look lean and fit.