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8/14/13 8:52 P

You've gotten some great suggestions for strength training exercises, which you should definitely add to your workout routine. I do want to mention, though, that no exercises will tighten up loose skin. That happens purely as a result of genetics, age, time, and luck. The good news is that loose skin is a lot healthier than 30 lbs of fat. :) Congrats on your weight loss so far!

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8/14/13 8:29 P

Squats, planks and pushups (modified, wall or incline pushups if necessary) are all great exercises that work several different muscles at once, and involve no equipment at all - just your own bodyweight.

Resistance bands are a great piece of ST equipment - cheap ($10-20), portable/storable and versatile.


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8/14/13 7:13 P

As long as you're doing exercises that are challenging and fatigue your muscles in 1-3 sets, 8-12 repetitions, you're on the right track. You might consider trying SparkPeople's Workout Generator, which will give you a routine to follow based on your needs and equipment available:

Coach Jen

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8/14/13 6:55 P

You can never go wrong with Pushups! even if they need to be modified! ( I'm still on wall push ups) and squats! You technically need no equipment there, but if you do want maybe a medicine ball or some dumbbells that your comfortable with (5-10 would be good) There is a whole range of things you could do Like

Chest presses
Squats with dumbbells
Dead lifts with dumbbells/ medicine ball
hammer curls
Burpees are good for full body
The unorthodox method of Pull ups where you lay under a chair grab the chair at the sides and well pull up

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8/14/13 6:04 P

I have been trying to lose weight for about a year now and have finally reached 30 pounds gone. I still have 20 or more to go and for cardio I have been switching between Zumba and kickboxing. Loose skin has always been a worry of mine and I have started noticing certain areas (arms, abs, legs) that may result in that once I am done losing. I am completely lost at what to do for toning and I know I should start focusing on that as well as cardio. I want to be able to work out at home and have very little equipment. What should I start with? I know sparkpeople has tons of demos to try...but what basics should I do to start that will make a difference? Thanks in advance!

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