What’s the best way to loose a little weight and tone up?

I’m 162cm tall and weigh 52kg/115lbs. I don’t think I’m in any way overweight or ‘fat’ but I’d like to loose a little weight around my tummy and mainly tone it up a bit, along with my upper legs. I think mainly toning is the key.

I’ve joined a gym but the induction with the personal trainer was very general and to be honest their english wasn’t so great so I was left not knowing what machines were best to use or how much I should do… I’m hoping someone with the knowledge on here may be able to give me a rough idea.

BTW, I don’t like the treadmill much, especially for running as I am asthmatic. The cross trainer and cycle machines are fine but the treadmill makes me loose my breath very quickly.

Thanks. Also, I should say I’d be looking to go to the gym 4-5 times a week.

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3 Responses to “What’s the best way to loose a little weight and tone up?”

  1. mrcrazyswords said:

    Toning=losing fat+building muscle

    Losing fat=watching your diet+lifting weights

    Bilding muscle=lifting weights

    so

    Toning=watching your diet + 2x lifting weights

    Freeweights are your best friend, you’ll get a much better work out on freeweights than you will on a machine, when you lift go in 5 sets of 5 reps, lift as much as you can, and life explosively, meaning lift the weight quickly. Slowly lifting a lighter weight won’t build muscle correctly. You can google freeweight exercises to find everything you need to do.

  2. Sarah said:

    First off, they way you look and feel is centered at what you eat. Eat very “clean.” Don’t completely cut anything out, just be conscious of what you eat. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, cut down on carbs and fat. There are calorie counting websites like Livestrong My Plate that can help you track all this stuff if you don’t know it on your own.

    In the gym, I would suggest using the elliptical machine. I use mine all the time and I love it. For strength, it’s better if you use a high resistance with lower RPMs. To make it more of a cardio workout, use a lower resistance with more RPMs. You can always also do intervals between both of these. I love intervals, and I find them more effective.

    To tone up your stomach, you can exercises like plank. I like these better than straight up crunches, but crunches also do the trick.

    To tone up your arms without bulking up too much, you can use weights that are 4-5 pounds with workouts like squats and lunges. This tones up your arms and works your legs.

    Good luck!

  3. Sean said:

    Hi Hawkgirl,

    I admire your endurance! You’re weight seems ok for you’re height, first i would suggest doing different exercises, mix up the routine every time you workout so it’s fun and fresh plus it’s very effective… This way you confuse targeted muscle groups, you’re legs and mid section will receive great results in the process aswell. Lift weights that are a little heavier than you’re use too, di it slowly, this will give you great form when exercising your legs. Don’t rush a leg workout, your leg muscles are huge so take it slow because it will ensure that all those muscle are targeted properly.

    So Hawkgirl how’s that so far? Now, You should already know every great workout includes cardio, many women don’t like the bulky look so the cardio keep you lean so you’re toned look will shine, but you take it easy ok!lol. The cross trainer and cycle machines are fine for now along with some squats in the mix will be ok.

    For your abs workout do crunches and as you layout on your back use the ball move it from side to side to target lower uper and oblique muscle groups. Your diet could include Tuna with salad, milk, chicken with steamed veggies, eggs with grapefruit included to fuel your body & feed muscles .

    Here’ a couple extra tips, do some yoga and if you like dancing even if it’s just around the house! – this will burn off calories very quickly, you won’t even feel like you’re working out. This will tone your entire body help maitain a fantastic posture plus unbelievable flexibility..

    Wish you the best,
    Hope this helps…

    Sean




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