21 Best Workouts to Get Toned

November 10, 2015

21 Best Workouts to Get Toned

One of the most popular health goals in recent years is to become more toned. The problem with this goal is that most people don’t even know what “toning” really refers to. The big misconception is that by doing high reps of low weight your muscles will somehow become more firm and toned. This couldn’t be any more false. Your muscles don’t simply firm up with exercise or become flabby without exercise. They rather either shrink or grow in size. By focusing on cardiovascular training, caloric deficit, and weight training your body will begin to shed fat and your muscles will grow.

Here is our list of the best toning workouts to help you achieve the look you want! Each of these were selected because they are geared toward helping you burn fat and induce weight loss while simultaneously helping to increase muscular definition.

  1. Push-Ups/ Plank Combo

    This exercise is perfect if you don’t ever have time to make it to the gym. Begin by completing push-ups and then once you’ve done 20-25, go back into a plank position and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat as many times as you can. You will definitely feel the burn with this one!

  2. Military/ Shoulder Press

    You can use dumbbells or a barbell for this. Lift the weight overhead until your arms are straight, keeping them aligned over shoulders. Always make sure to have a spotter whenever you’re doing something new. Also, if you’re a beginner, you can try this exercise seated for more back support. Follow this link to learn more about this the shoulder press.

  3. Squat and Shoulder Press

    Stand with your feet hip-width apart holding weights in each hand, arms bent, palms facing in. Bend your knees and squat, pause, then stand and press your arms straight up over your shoulders. Perform 8 to 12 reps. The combination of legs and shoulders will definitely get your heart rate up which will help liberate stored fat. Once that fat is liberated, it can then be burned, getting you closer to that toned look you’re aiming for.  

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  4. Pilates Boxing

    This fat-burning exercise gives your arms and the rest of your upper body a great workout. For the best results, don't forget to engage your abs as you do the moves. Check out number 2 on this link to learn more!

  5. Chair Squat

    Do you want to firm up, and tone your glutes? If so, check out number 2 on this link! By using a chair it prevents you from cheating and forces you to get a deep stretch. This exercise is also really great, because you can do it from almost anywhere, with the only equipment being a chair! Check out this link to learn more.

  6. 5-Day Workout Routine

    Having a toned body actually means that you have strong muscles with a low percentage of body fat, which provides this toning effect. Therefore, toning is largely caused by your nutrition, in addition to your workouts, so it’s very important to stick to your diet throughout your muscle-toning journey.  

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  7. Jump Squats

    Number 6 on this list is a great exercise for toning, because of the high intensity involved with it. Add this exercise to your workout routine you will be sure to see the fat fall off your body. This exercise is especially good for tightening up your glutes! Follow this link to learn more!

  8. Jumping Jacks

    Yes, jumping jacks can actually help you lose the fat that covers your muscles. Don’t worry about the height or width of your jumps during this plyometric move. To engage more muscles, focus on your inner thighs as you pull your legs together.

  9. The Jackknife

    This move is meant for full-body toning. Lie on the floor, legs straight, both hands gripping one side of a dumbbell with arms straight and overhead. Bring your hands and your toes together in a crunching formation. Your dumbbell and toes will meet over your belly button. This movement is designed to be done  HIIT (high-intensity interval training) style, jacking your heart rate up while you perform it and bringing it down while you rest. 
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  10. In-Home Full Body Workout

    Check out this video for the perfect in-home full body workout! It incorporates everything from, deadlifts to bicep curls, to leg raises to split lunges. Your body will definitely feel it the next day, but you will love the results you will see! Check out this link to learn more!

  11. Mountain Climbers

    Although you can’t simply make fat disappear around the midsection by doing ab workouts, you can tone your abs by performing the correct movements and eating the right foods. This exercise is a great example of the perfect exercise to help in the toning process. Check out this link to learn more about the core toning exercise that you can do from anywhere!

  12. Swimming

    Swimming is a great workout for toning your upper body, because pulling against the water provides resistance for your arms. However, it doesn’t provide a ton of lower body exertion. In order to get a better workout in your legs, try using a kickboard. Follow this link to learn more about this workout. 
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  13. Wall Squats

    Are you tired of having fat, flabby legs? Give this thigh-blasting workout a try. Combine this exercise with a diet that works for you and you will have toned up quads in no time!

  14. HIIT Workout

    HIIT workouts are a great way to tone up your body. By doing these short bursts of intense workouts, you will actually burn more fat and calories than a tradition workout. Plus, your body will continue to burn fuel after your session is over. If you’re trying to tone up, check out this exercise!

  15. Stability Ball DB Skullcrushers

    One of the most iconically flabby areas of the body is our triceps. By performing the right exercises and sticking to a diet you could cut away fat covering up your flabby arms. This one is a perfect exercise to help build up your tricep muscles and aid in your toning goals.  
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  16. Spin Class

    Modern spin classes incorporate weights, side crunches, and even resistance bands to add an upper-body strengthening element to this popular cardio class. These classes can be satisfyingly exhausting, delivering a cardio and strength workout at once, not to mention, the calorie burning component, making this a perfect toning workout!

  17. Elbow Plank

    This crunch-free workout is sure to uncover and tone your abs. Do the routine three times a week, and you'll see results in about 12 weeks. Make sure to combine this routine with cardio and a clean diet for maximum results. Check out this link to learn more about this killer core toning workout.

  18. Tank Top Arms Workout

    Check out this video if you want to lose arm fat, boost your metabolism, and get a healthy, strong, sexy upper body.This workout should be done 2-3 times a week for maximal results. Of course, make sure you eat clean, so that you can shed that fat away and uncover those guns!  
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  19. Tuck Kicks

    This one is great for toning up your butt. The position that this exercise is in really isolates the glutes and hamstrings. Give this 10-minute booty blaster a try next time you’re looking for a killer workout!

  20. Rowing

    No, don’t worry, you don’t have to invest in a canoe and paddles for this one. Most gyms today actually have rowing machines. They are so great for toning, because with each stroke, pretty much every part of the body is used. The next time you’re looking for a core toning workout, skip the crunches and give rowing a try!

  21. Calf Raises

    This is a great lower body toning exercise and there are many different ways of doing these as well. You can stand in a machine, sit in a machine, stand on a step for more range of motion, use one leg with your bodyweight, or hold onto dumbbells for added weight. Check out this link to learn more about this workout.  
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