Use dumbbells and barbells for a head to toe strength workout.
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Getting a head to toe workout doesn't have to take hours. If you use compound exercises to work multiple muscle groups, you can tone your entire body with just a few moves. To define and strengthen your muscles head to toe, incorporate two to three full-body workouts into your weekly routine, leaving at least one day of recovery between workouts.
Maximize Your Warm-Up
Warming up is essential to any strength workout. To maximize your time, perform five to 10 minutes of full-body cardio as your warm-up. By using your arms and legs together, you'll boost your calorie burn while preparing all of your muscles for the strength session. If you prefer to use cardio machines at the gym, try the elliptical or rowing machine. To get your whole body involved in the warm-up without machines, try jump rope, jumping jacks or mountain climbers. To do mountain climbers, start in pushup position on the floor. Keeping your upper body stable, jump your right foot forward under your chest. Continue by jumping your right foot back to the starting position while bringing your left foot under your chest. Continue alternating your feet, moving quickly to increase your heart rate.
The dumbbell squat to curl to press targets your butt, thighs, calves, biceps and shoulders. To perform this exercise, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand with your palms facing your thighs. Lower into a squat until your thighs are parallel to the ground. As you straighten your legs to stand, bend your elbows and rotate your forearms to perform a biceps curl. Just before the weights touch your shoulders, rotate your forearms so your palms face straight in front of you and push the weights up into a shoulder press. Return the weights to your sides and repeat the entire sequence 10 to 15 times. Do two to three sets, resting for 30 to 60 seconds between sets.
Back and Legs Together
Tone your hamstrings and back with straight leg deadlifts. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding a barbell or two dumbbells in front of you with your palms facing your thighs. Keeping your back flat and knees straight, bend forward at the waist, lowering the weights toward your feet. When your torso is parallel to the floor, return to the standing position without rounding your back or bending your knees. Complete two to three sets of 10 to 15 repetitions.
Strengthen your abs, chest and triceps - the muscles at the back of your upper arm - with inchworm pushups. Start by completing a standard pushup with your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. When you return to the starting position, walk your feet toward your hands, keeping your legs straight as you go. When you've walked your feet forward as far as you can without bending your knees, walk your hands out until you are back in the starting pushup position. Repeat the entire sequence eight to 12 times. Complete two to three sets.