Tighten & Tone Your Butt, Abs, & Thighs With Full Body Exercises by Shin Ohtake
There are three body parts that never fail to top almost every woman's "better body wish-list" and I'm betting at least one of them is on yours. Getting more toned in the butt, abs, and thigh area is easier than you might think, but most women are going about it all wrong...
Have you ever tried to tackle these "trouble spots" with separate exercises for each body part? Maybe you've done crunches to get abs, donkey kicks to work your backside, or the aductor machine in an attempt to melt the fat off your inner thigh area. But the truth of the matter is that tightening and toning these areas can (and should) be done with full body exercises, not isolated exercises.
Full body exercises do just what the name suggests - they work your entire body. So there's no need to complicate things by working each body part separately with isolated movements. With full body exercises, you'll target your butt, abs, and thighs all at the same time. Better yet, full body exercises require more energy than isolated exercises - burning more fat and calories as a result. And in order to reveal that sexy muscle tone, you've got to burn the fat!
Here are my top 5 full body exercises that are guaranteed to get you a better butt, flatter stomach, and thinner thighs:
Lunges With One Arm Dumbbell Press Ups - Hold a dumbbell in one hand supported on your shoulder. Lunge, then press the dumbbell straight up overhead into full extension. Bring the dumbbell back down onto your shoulder, then come up from the lunge. Repeat and alternate legs.
One Arm Overhead Lunges With A Dumbbell - Hold a dumbbell overhead in one hand with your elbow completely locked out. Lunge while keeping the dumbbell overhead. Alternate legs and repeat.
Overhead Lunges With A Barbell - Press the barbell up overhead. With your arms fully extended, perform lunges and alternate legs.
Overhead Squats - Press the barbell up overhead. With your arms fully extended, sit down into a full squat and repeat.
Side Lunges With Alternating Dumbbell Press Ups - Bring the dumbbells up to a resting positing on each shoulder. As you move into a side lunge, press one of the dumbbells up over head until your arm is fully extended. Bring the dumbbell back down onto your shoulder before coming out of the side lunge. Repeat to the opposite side and press up with the other arm.
Squats and lunges are the most effective thigh and butt exercises hands down. And anytime you press a weight overhead, you automatically engage your abdominals -- even more so when you support a weight overhead. This causes a slight imbalance, engaging your core and making your abs work even harder to get you that flat, sexy stomach.
These are just a few of the many full body exercises that you can do to get your beach body. If you've never done any of these exercises, make sure you start off with light weights until you get used to holding a heavier weight or barbell overhead. Mix these exercises up and include them in a circuit or interval training format and you'll be bikini-ready in no time.
Shin Ohtake is the author of the world-famous fitness program, MAX Workouts. To learn more about how you can get ultra lean and toned with shorter workouts, visit http://www.MaxWorkouts.com