In my personal experience, the best way to tone is to use weights.
I rarely use free weights, I use the machines at the gym. This is what I do and I am getting really good results. This is a whole body workout. If your dont like doing free weights try the machines, hardly any of the guys use them at my gym, they stay down in the free weight area. The machines are suited to any one of any strength. I never liked weight training but now I am addicted! I am sooo much stronger and I can now do 4 consecutive chin ups!
3 Sets of 6 Assisted Chin Ups
3 Sets of 6 Assisted Dips
3 Sets of 6 Assisted Pull Ups
3 Sets of 10 Hip Adduction
3 Sets of 10 Hip Abduction (targets inner thighs)
3 Sets of 10 Lat Pull Downs
3 Sets of 10 Cable Rows
3 Sets of 10 Chest Press
3 Sets of 10 Leg Press
3 Sets of 10 Leg Extension
5 Sets of 10 Crunches (on a sit up bench)'
3 Sets of 10 Bicep Curls with a Barbell
i always use a weight that pushes me, and try to increase it every fortnight or so. If you have machines at your gym, you should just test them out and get used to them, even make a circuit of your own?
Weight training is a great way to tone muscles, dont worry your not going to add bulk. 1. your a woman and its soooo hard to do without steroids. 2. Your in a calorie defecit.
Sometimes I like to mix it up and add in more crunches or push ups.
Starting Weight: 62kg Current Weight: 55.0kg Goal Weight: 54kg
Goal Reached 22 February 2008, Must get down to 54kg again!