Excluding those with a perfect body, every woman has a fair share of the extra fat table. The annoying thing about this is the fact that most fats are located in hard-to-target body parts. These zones including the lower abdomen and obliques are often left out in many exercises.

So, what do we do about this, you ask? Well, here’s a list of the 8 best workouts for women who wish to have a more toned body. Let these exercises target the muscles of the abs, thighs, glutes, and arms.

1. Squats

Tone your legs and glutes with the classic favorite squats! Not to mention, the squat is one of the best ways to burn calories, so it helps shape your legs and lose extra pounds at the same time.

To do it:

  • Stand with feet wider than shoulder-distance apart and hands extended out straight so that they’re parallel to the floor, palms faced down.
  • Maintaining a neutral spine and bending your knee, lower your body and bring your hips back.
  • Go down as low as you can while maintaining a proper form. Engage your core all throughout the exercise.
  • Return to the starting position to complete a rep.
  • Do 3 sets of 15 reps.

2. Single-leg Deadlift

This exercise is beneficial in preventing back pain as it activates the entire core and back and is excellent for toning the glutes for your #bootygoals. It also improves your balance.

To do it:

  • Stand on your right foot with a pair of dumbbells on hands.
  • Raise your left foot behind until it’s parallel to the ground. Slightly bend your right knee.
  • Bend forward at the hips, then lower your torso as low as you can until it is parallel to the floor. Extend the hands towards the ground.
  • Engage your core throughout the procedure, and use your glutes to come back up.
  • Repeat on the other side.
  • Do 3 sets of 15 reps.

3. Triceps Extension

This exercise is meant to help you get rid of arm fat and tone your triceps and shoulders. Say hello to sleeveless clothes!

To do it:

  • Start in a lunge position with your right foot forward and knee bent and your left leg extended behind. Grab a pair of dumbbells.
  • Leaning over and with your arms at the sides, bend your elbows so that your upper arms are parallel to the floor.
  • Extend your arm behind and up with the top of the weight facing the ceiling.
  • Alternate lowering and lifting the weight at about an inch.
  • Repeat on the other side.
  • Do 3 sets of 15 reps.

4. Side Planks

Side planks don’t only target your deep ab muscles, but they are also a great exercise to work your obliques for a more toned and slimmer waist!

To do it:

  • Lie on your right side with legs extended and feet stacked together.
  • Prop your body up on the left elbow and forearm.
  • Lift your hips so that your body forms a straight line from shoulders to ankles.
  • Raise your right arm over your body, towards the ceiling.
  • Stay in the position for 30 seconds. Repeat on the other side.

5. Bridges

Of course, we can never leave out a perfectly toned back! Bridges work your back muscles to prevent back pain and injuries and maintain a good posture and also tone your glutes for a rounded, firmer butt.

To do it:

  • Lie on the mat with knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Keep your hands at the sides.
  • Lift your hips so that your body is straight from the knees to the shoulders.
  • Stay in the position, then return to the starting position.
  • Make sure to keep your glutes engaged.
  • Do 3 sets of 15 reps.

6. Push-ups

One of the classic exercises that build the strength of the entire body, push-ups are a great way to burn calories and tone your abs and chest. If you want to work your arm muscles, push-ups are your sure bet!

To do it:

  • Get down on all fours with hands slightly wider than shoulder-distance apart and feet close together.
  • Lower your body so that your chest barely touches the ground, then push yourself back up.
  • Make sure to lift your hips and engage your core throughout the exercise.
  • Do 3 sets of 15 reps.

7. Shoulder Stands

The shoulder stand or Sarvangasana is a yoga pose that helps in detoxifying the body and improves blood circulation. It stretches the shoulders and neck and helps reduce cellulite appearance.

To do it:

  • Lie on your back with your legs lifted and hips off the floor.
  • Place your hands behind and on the sides of your back for support.
  • Extend your legs straight in the air until your body is straight from shoulders to ankles.
  • Relax your neck and stay in the position.
  • Slowly lower your legs and body.

8. Cardio Workout

Aside from these moves, cardio exercises should also be incorporated into your routine. Cardio workouts burn more calories than strength training and therefore helps in weight loss.

Here are the best cardio workouts you can do:

  • Running
  • Stair climber
  • Jump ropes
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Sprinting

To achieve a  toned and strong body, you need to be prepared for pain. Pain in workout only means one thing: you’re doing it right. Every workout is a challenge that requires dedication and discipline, so don’t expect these exercises to come easy.

Do you enjoy this routine? We’d love to hear your comments below.

Trying to lose weight, or maybe get toned but don't know where to start? Here are the best workouts for women to set you on the right track to your goals.