What are the best exercises for toning abs/bum/thighs at home?

Hi everyone,
I'm looking for the most effective exercises etc to tone up my abs and lower body. I'm not overweight but the tum isn't looking very defined & lower half bit jiggy - I'm off on holiday soon eek!
All tips would be greatly appreciated... we're working with a 3 week time frame!
PS not looking to go onto a diet or lose weight, just tone :)

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i will recommend the following exercise for toning your abs/bum/thigh but before you start your training regime everyday always ensure you do your warm up to stimulate blood flow to your muscle and dont eat an hour before the exercise to prevent cramp and always do cool down exercise to round up the exercise.
ABS: 1. Twisting crunches:Lie on your back with feet on the floor,hips and knees bent and both hands holding your head.
- Slowly lift your shoulders off the floor and twist your upper body to the right, taking your left shoulder towards your right knee
- Lower yourself back down and repeat by twisting to the left.
Do (3) three sets of 20 twists(10 twists on each left and right side) .
ABS: 2. Wall- Touch crunches: Lie on your back with your legs resting up against a wall and your bottom as close to the wall as possible
- Let your feet stay apart just wider than the hip-width so that your legs form a narrow V-shape
- with both your hands stretch forward to form a straight line, crunch up and try and touch the wall space in between your legs as high as possible.
- Lower yourself back to the starting position gradually and repeat 2 sets of 20(10 per set) resting 30 seconds between sets
BUM: 1. Bridge pulses: Lie on your back with your knees bent, your feet close to your bottom as much as possible and your arms by your sides.
- Then tighten your stomach and lifts your hips from the floor into a bridge position with your body in a straight line from knees to shoulder
- Straighten your right leg toward the ceiling keeping your bridge position.
- Then slowly pulse up and down about 2 inches for 2 sets of 25 on each leg.
BUM and THIGH: Plie squats: Stand with your feet wider than hip width distance with your toes turn out and holding a dumbell with both hands between your legs.
- Then squat down so that your hips are level with your knees ensuring your knees and toes are aligned, keeping your back straight and stomach tight
- Push through your heels and return back to standing without locking your knees.
-Do 2 sets of 15; resting for 30 seconds after each set.
i advised that you still control your daily calorie intake to fits into your trainning goal and target inas much that you are not overweight, your eating pattern can defeat all the effort put into your tonning and firming regimen.
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hi my name is amy i have a wedding to go in sepetember and i need to tone up and lose weight i am a size 14 but i want to be a size 12 or 10 do u think i can do it before september
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lol, you have left that a bit late with only three weeks to go. Physical fitness training should be a yaer long cycle that is properly planned to achieve your goals. Not just a last minute binge. Also as i have said to other people physical fitness should have its sole focus on increasing your ability to perform physically demanding tasks and not be centred arond making you look pleasing to the eye. I see people like this all the time yeah they look great on the cross trainer or on the treadmill that is doing half the work for them but put thier training to any real test and thier physicall fitness is found sadly lacking.
Stick to real training that will produce real fitness results and you wont go far wrong. If you want some real training, from a real physical training instructor call me on 07814683245 and i will come and train you at home 3 days per week for three weeks it will cost you £450.
Hi there,
Speaking from experience (I'm a kettlebell instructor), using a kettlebell to sculpt and shape the body is by far the best piece of kit you can use to get noticeable results, quickly. Its all about functional training which means you use multiple muscles at the same time instead of 1 or 2 muscles. You will see and feel the difference in no time. You will sculpt and tone the smaller forgotten muscles such as the inner thigh and lower abs as well as the more familiar muscles such as the bottom and thighs giving you a more proportioned body. Using a kettlebell is a cardio, strengthening, flexibility and core workout. They are inexpensive to buy and easy to use but, all I would say is, make sure you learn the correct technique so you don't hurt the lower back or injure yourself. Safety is paramount! Once you learn the basics such as the Swing, Get-up, Clean and Press you will be hooked!!! and you can do it in the comfort of your own home. Good luck!
Here are links for a great toning - gluts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40cYMGM0y_4
and for tummy - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnWuEtdnZVw
I do that on my classes and see the difference in my clients faster than any other workouts did until now.
Take care and good luck!!!
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