Tag Archives: toning

How To: Make a Home Gym… The 7 best fitness accessories!

4 Apr

A few years ago I gave up my gym membership which is a pretty big deal for me given I’ve belonged to a gym since I was 15. I love running and body weight workouts, and working out from home is so much more convenient than driving or walking to the gym. Plus, doing so has made me more consistent and cut out excuses…now,  I’m more likely to simply get my workouts done first thing in the morning.

Home workout equipment has come incredibly far and DVD workouts like P90X and Insanity (I’m a graduate of both:) give you a gym quality workout without having to leave your living room. In fact, that’s the very idea behind many of my printable workouts on Fit Fab Cities! I found a couple of my favorite home workout fitness accessories that bring gym worthy results to you at home, plus simply make your workouts more fun! And I always love to try new fitness trends and workouts so I use the some money I would have spent on a gym membership to try out speicailty fitness classes like TRX and Barre.

Here are a my 7 favorite fitness accessories that make for a perfect home gym. You can go with just one thing or even all of them!

  1. TRX Suspension trainer: This allows you to do thousands of exercises using your body weight and you can anchor it to a door at home. You can check out my review of my favorite TRX class here.
  2. BOSU Ball: stand on it while doing shoulder presses, curls or squats to get an added core bonus or use it for some killer crunches.
  3. Kettelbell or Kettelbell Set: This is one of the best pieces of fitness equipment out there! You’ll get a cardio burn (up to 20 calories per minute!) plus strengthen and tone every muscle in your body. But make sure you learn how to use it with proper form first so you don’t get injured!
  4. Dumbbells: It always great to have a few sets of dumbbells at home. I like these since the vinyl covering will help protect your floor from scratches.
  5. Jumprope: 10 calories per minute…simple, easy, effective cardio in a hurry!
  6. Bodylastics Resistance Bands: These are a great compliment or alternative to dumbbells and I love this Bodylastics set since it has many different levels of resistance. In fact, you can even stack a few together to really feel the burn! Plus it comes with door anchor attachments and the bands are super strong so you don’t have to worry about them breaking.
  7. Stability ball: Perfect for core work, sit on it for shoulder presses, lay down for chest work, prop your feet on it for pushups or use it against the wall for squats. It’s an inexpensive accessory that will really amp up your workouts!

Printable Workout: fit fABtastic workout- total core toner

3 Apr

I usually save my abdominal workout at the end of my workout, and I always love to  have a printable plan to ensure I actually get my core work done. I love to mix crunches with isometic plank work since it keeps my muscles guessing through the entire workout giving me more bang for my buck. You’ll work all the abdominal and oblique muscles so add this to the end of a cardio session or onto a strength workout to get a totally toned core! My philosophy on ab work is once it burns do ten more reps…so after you conquer making it through this “fABtastic” workout once try for two or three total times through to keep it challenging:) Remember to go slowly, focus on form and keeps those abs contracted!

Get the printable version here. Fit Fabtastic Workout

Happy Workout!

Printable Workout: 15 minute Total Body Workout – 15/1 Cardio and Strength

29 Mar

Who’s not totally pressed for time these days? Between work, commuting, running errands and making dinner sometimes there’s hardly enough time in the day to think let alone workout. Well if you find yourself having one of those days (or many of them in a row:) this is the perfect workout for you! It’s only 15 minutes long and you’ll workout your entire body plus the short breaks will keep your heart rate up the whole time. You only need a set of dumbbells, enough room to move around and less time than it takes to catch up on the lastest episode of New Girl:)

Get the printable version with some extras here. 15 min Total Body Workout


  • Take as many breaks as you need. Fewer and shorter breaks will make the workout harder while longer and more frequent breaks will make it easier.
  • Always drink plenty of water.

Printable Workout: ABC’s of Supersets-The Workout

13 Mar

Supersets are one of my favorite workouts…in fact this toning workout is the exact one I’ve been doing for a few weeks! A superset is two or more exercises performed  back to back and they’re a great way to get your workout done in a hurry. Your heart rate will be up and you’ll be sweating buckets especially since we’re alternating upper and lower body exercises here.

You only need a set of dumbbells, enough room to do walking lunges and a chair or bench for step ups and dips. This is a great workout to do two or even three times a week, it should take under 30 minutes and (wooo hooo!) you can do it from the comfort  of your living room.

Print the workout and instructions here. ABCs of Supersets

Happy Workout!

Printable Workout: The Perfect 10 Workout

7 Mar


This workout contains 10 of my favorite exercises. Now, when I say favorite I mean the ones that I think give me the most bang for my buck so chances are…they’re going to be tough! But I figure if you’re going to take the time to workout you might as well get the most calorie burn and toning possible, right:)

You’ll get a combination of cardio and toning exercises and you can print the workout along with descriptions and modifications here…Printable Perfect 10 Workout.

Happy Workout!