Exercises for 3 Common Problem Spots
By Genevieve Cunningham
When it comes to working out and losing weight, there really is no spot reduction. In order to see definition, you have to lose fat from all over your body. While this may sound discouraging at first, there are some things that you can do to help the process along. Working out specific areas of your body can build larger muscles in those areas, which can possibly lead to a faster rate of fat burn and to you seeing definition. Take a look at these three problem areas and exercises to tighten and tone like never before.
Strong, toned arms look awesome in a tank top or sleeveless attire. The hard part about the arms is that there are so many muscles to tone. One great exercise is the row. You can do this with a dumbbell, the kettlebell, or some gyms offer this exercise with a machine. To do the row, you’ll hold the weight in your hands, bend over slightly, and pull the weight backward. For a good example, check out this video.
A toned backside is something that everyone wants. It’s also a tough spot to tone, as the rear is a place that tends to hold a lot of fat. So, what exercise should you do for good, solid glutes? Squats. If you can do squats with weights, even better, but start with bodyweight squats to build up. Don’t forget that when you do a squat, you’ll want to keep your knees behind your toes and squeeze your glutes on the way up. If you still have questions, check out a simple youtube video for an example.
A tight and toned midsection helps to pull all of the body together. It helps create a cohesive look, and when it’s in shape, it gives the appearance that your entire body is in shape. So, what’s a great workout for your middle? There are plenty of workouts for this part of the body, but the king of ab exercises is the plank. In order to perform this move, you’ll get on the floor. Lie on your stomach with your hands beside your shoulders and your feet and legs straight and together. Then lift yourself up on your hands and your toes. You’ll be flat, like a table top, and you’ll engage the abs to keep you still. If you haven’t done a plank before, a quick internet search can give you an easy guide and a picture to emulate.
Getting fit and toned takes a lot of effort. You have to watch your diet and exercise and get in it for the long haul. Adding these exercises to your routine might help you tone up the problem areas and make you feel fit. With some persistence and patience, you’ll be rocking the body you’ve been working so hard for.