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9 Great Weight Exercises That Will Tone Your Body

Edited By: Natalie Smith

 Want to strengthen your body and don’t really know how to start? You’ll probably be happy to know that you can do it in the right and recommended way without having to leave your home, regardless of your age. All you have to do is get two weights about 6 lbs. each (you can also use small full bottles of water), some willpower and perseverance, and start carefully following the following 9 exercises. Doing so will ensure you a strong, fit and toned body.

1. Step up with weights

This exercise strengthens the quadriceps muscle, which will strengthen and shape your front thigh.

exercises

  • Stand in front of a stair or place an object in front of you that can be used as one, such as a small stool, and hold a weight in each hand.
  • Start with your right foot and place it firmly on the step, and then immediately raise your other foot. Go back to the ground with your right foot first and then your left. This is one step.
  • Perform 2 sets of 20 repetitions on each side, with the right leg leading on the first and the left leg leading on the second.
  • After one set on each leg, rest for a maximum of 45 seconds and continue to the next set.
  • Perform two sets of 20 reps per leg. (4 times total). 

2. Squats with weights

This exercise is excellent for strengthening and shaping thighs.

exercises
  • Hold a weight in each hand, bend your elbows so that the weights are at shoulder height, with your palms facing each other.
  • Stand a little wider than the hop width, bend your knees, and tilt your pelvis back, as if you are about to sit on a chair. Your knees should be at a 90-degree angle without crossing your toe line.
  • Return to standing upright, and before you completely straighten up, lift your hands up, with your hands above to your head, as in the picture. After placing your hands, return back to the bent stance as described in the previous section, and then return to standing with your hands up.
  • Perform two sets of 12 to 10 reps.
  • After one set, rest for 45 seconds at most, and continue to the next set.

3. Lunge curl with weights

Doing this exercise will strengthen your arms, calves, and thighs.
Hold a weight in each hand curl your arms up at shoulder height, as depicted above.

exercises

  • Stand with one foot in front of the other and then bend into a lunge with your weight on your front heel.
  • Bend your knees carefully, with your right knee not crossing the front line of the shoes, and with your left knee almost touching the floor as you straighten your hands downward, near your body. Once your hands are fully stretched and your feet are placed in the correct position, return to the starting position as described in the previous section, and as you ascend, bend your elbows back.
  • Perform two sets of 15-12 repetitions per leg (4 times total).
  • Rest for 45 seconds between each set.

4. Weighted bridge

If you want to strengthen your lower abdomen, this simple exercise will do the job.

exercises
  • Lie on your back with your knees bent, your pelvis, your back and your feet resting on the surface, and carefully place a weight on your lower abdomen, holding it from its sides.
  • Squeeze your buttocks and lift your pelvis off the floor by applying pressure to your heels until your body forms a straight line from your shoulders to your knees. Then return the pelvis back towards the surface, hold your body in the air just before the buttocks touch the ground, and then rise back up.
  • Perform two sets of 20 reps.
  • After one set, rest for 45 seconds at most, and continue to the next set.

5. Calf raise with weights

With this exercise, you can effectively strengthen your calves.

exercises
  • Stand with your feet hip-width apart, bend your knees slightly, straighten your back while holding a weight in each hand and keep your hands at your sides. Note that most of your weight is placed on the soles of your feet.
  • Move your weight onto your toes, and try to stand on your toes as tall as possible.
  • Stay on your toes for one second, and then place the weight back on your soles.
  • Perform two sets of 25-20 repetitions.
  • Rest for 45 seconds at most between sets. 

6. Chest press

Just as its name implies, this exercise will strengthen your chest muscles.
Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground hip-width apart.

exercises
  • Hold a weight in each hand and bend your elbows, palms facing your knees, as shown in the picture above.
  • Now, raise your arms, keeping your palms toward your knees. Then return your hands to the initial position, as described in the previous step.
  • Perform two sets of 15-12 repetitions.
  • Rest for 45 seconds between sets.

7. Single-arm weight row

This is a great way to get rid of underarm flab.

exercises
  • Start by standing on all fours, with a weight in one arm.
  • Hold the weight in your right hand, stretch your right leg backward, touching the floor with your toes, and keep your weight on your left leg. Also, place the toes on your left foot on the floor.
  • Now, lift your right hand up by bending your arm making sure the weight reaches the chest area, as shown in the lower picture. Then, put your hand back toward the surface making sure the knee doesn’t touch the ground.
  • Perform two sets of 15-12 repetitions per hand (4 times total).
  • After one set, rest for 45 seconds at most, and continue to the next set.
  • After a few exercises are done, you can make 3 sets of 15 repetitions.

8. Lateral front raise

This exercise will strengthen your shoulder muscles, which will make it easier for you to lift things.

exercises
  • You can perform this exercise by standing or kneeling (as shown in the pictures),. Hold a weight in each hand, with your left hand on the side of your thigh and your right hand in front. Note that your palms are facing your body.
  • Now, raise your hands to shoulder height, with your left hand raised forward and your right hand to the side, as shown in the picture. Then place your hands back in the initial position.
  • Perform two sets of 10 to 12 reps on each side.
  • Rest for 45 seconds between reps.

9. Wall squat with woodchop

This exercise will help you strengthen your shoulders and shoulder blades which will improve your posture significantly.
exercises
  • Rest with your pelvis on the wall, with your feet hip-width apart, bend your knees until they form a 90-degree angle and keep your weight on your heels while holding one weight with both hands.
  • Tilt your torso slightly to the right, including your head, and move your hands to the side, to the outside of the right thigh.
  • Now, lift your arms diagonally toward the left side of the body, above your head, and look away to the left, keeping your pelvis in place. Then put your hands back in the initial position.
  • Perform two sets of 12 repetitions on each side, starting one set to the right and the second set to the left (4 times in total).
  • Rest for 45 seconds between sets.
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