Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fitness: Effective Leg & Bum Toning Exercises You Can Do At Home!

Looking at these pictures of Amerie makes me feel kind of bad about the fried Catfish meal [with yams and greens] I had this past weekend. It really does. - One of my goals before Summer 2011 is to tone my entire body, starting with my legs and bum!

Because my schedule has been kinda crazed as of late, I really haven't had time to hit the gym. So I turned to one of my favorite YouTube gurus Body Rock TV. I run through these videos every other day [when I am doing my lower body workout], and boy are they challenging [yet effective].

A Few Fitness Tips:
  • Drink at least 16 ounces of water or fitness water about two hours before your workout. 
  • Drink at least a half cup of water every 15-20 minutes during your workout routine. Drinking water will help keep you hydrated, energized, increase fat metabolism, and will help keep your electrolyte levels normal. Drinking water will also help remove toxins from the body and regulate your body's temperature. 
  • Warm up with a light cardio exercise for five minutes before your workout. Warming up helps you to use more muscle fibers during your actual workout routine therefore having more of an effective workout.
  • Cool down for 5-10 minutes after your workout. The cool down process helps your muscles eliminate lactic acid and other waste. Cooling down also helps muscles prepare for the recovery process [which is essential when toning], helps to prevent stiffness, and also helps heart rate and respiration rate return to normal levels. 
  • In order for your tissues to repair themselves after a workout [you need tissues to repair themselves to see muscle tone], you need to allow for an adequate recuperation period. You should allow your muscles anywhere between 24-48 hour rest period before working that same muscle group. Working the same muscle group too soon could cause lead to the breakdown in muscle tissues instead of forming muscles.

Zuzana from Body Rock TV is hands down one of my favorite fitness divas. I love that her channel showcases exercises that you can do from home without tons of fancy equipment. Zuzana has quite a few videos ranging from beginner exercises to more advanced routines. 

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  1. Love Love Love Zuzana!

  2. Right on time! I just re-started my workout routine on Sunday. Thanks for the tips.

  3. OMG, I thought I was doing good on my squats, but she dips LOW!! WoW!! Ok, I'm going to do it! Thanks for this post.

  4. fried catfish, yams & greens....this is hands down one of my FAVORITE meals!

    oh...i'm supposed to be commenting fitness, huh?

  5. There is no doubt this lady is crazy skilled. Her workouts kick some butt. Unfortunately, I ended up losing interest in her after seeing how she markets herself on Youtube. Sure, sex sells. We all know that, but I would love to see her skills as an instructor stand on their own. Can a sistah get a workout without having to click on a shot of some crazy cleavage?

  6. That looks easy, but it is HARD! Thanks for sharing! I will def try! And, yes, girlfriend is gettin LOW!

  7. I Love Zuzana!! Thanks for sharing...

  8. I love Zuzana too but lately I'm addicted to watching Angela Simmons on ustream, her videos are on youtube as well and she is definitely my Body Crush ;0) Exercising is totally addictive especially when you start nearing your goals. I put up some of Angela's vids on my blog. Check her out!


  9. Thanks for this post. I really needed something like this going into the holiday/winter season. Getting my body ready now is much better than waiting until January like the rest of folks!
    Appreciate cha!

  10. wow, those squats are serious! I have to really try to work on my squat regimen, i don't do too well with them because of a jacked achilles but i'll have to suck it up and make it happen. thanks for posting this!

  11. I never heard of bodyrock.tv before your post, but now I am super motivated! Thank you, I was just looking for challenging at home workouts that I could get started on right way.


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