Spot Toning Trouble Zones 2016-11-14T11:06:01+00:00

Spot Toning For Your Trouble Zones

By Shain Rossi, Certified Personal Trainer

We all have them; trouble zones. Whether it’s a belly bulge, jiggling thighs, or flabby triceps, you might wish you could wave a magic wand and have the body you want. Although it’s not quite that easy, certain exercises are great for spot toning those troublesome areas. Keep in mind, it’s not possible to spot reduce. A comprehensive program to tone your trouble zones also includes cardio and eating a healthy diet. Once you’ve got that dialed in, try any of these spot toning exercises:


spot toning exercises san pedro fitness club trainerEven people who work out regularly and have well-developed biceps may have underdeveloped triceps. That may be because the triceps are a small muscle that takes deliberate movements to work. Try the following exercises for spot toning your triceps:

Triceps Dips

While an apparatus like parallel bars is great, you can even do triceps dips on a bench or the ground. If you do them on the ground, be sure to keep your hips up. Place your hands next to your butt and walk your legs out straight. Allow your elbows to flare out to the side as you lower your upper body down.

Skull Crushers

Use a bar or dumbbells. If you use dumbbells, keep them touching. Lie on a bench and keep your lower back pressed down. Bend the elbows and let the weight drop back to your forehead and squeeze the triceps as you go back up.

Inner Thighs

Although inner thighs are probably not a problem area for you fellas, they can be a fat storage spot for women. Unless you play sports that involve a lot of side to side motion, such as tennis or basketball, your inner thighs may not get worked that much during day-to-day activities. Consider adding a few inner thigh exercises to your workout routine for extra spot toning in this stubborn area.

Sumo Squat

Grab a pair of weights and with your legs out wide, turn your toes out. Squat down and push up through your heels. Keep shoulders pulled back and don’t lean forward. For a little extra inner thigh work, on your last rep hold low in the squat position for a count of 12.

Cossack Squat

This exercise works your inner thighs, but also targets your butt, which is a nice bonus. It’s a tough exercise, so try it first without weights. Take a wider than shoulder width stance.  On the leg you’re squatting down, the heel should stay on the floor and turned out about 40 degrees. The other leg should remain straight with the toes pointing up towards the ceiling as you squat.


Who doesn’t want great abs? Whether your goal is to look hot in a bathing suit or get a perfect six-pack, performing spot toning exercises to target the abdominal muscles is a must.


A plank is a great exercise because it works all abdominal muscles. When you do a plank, place your forearms on the ground and lift your knees off the mat, squeezing your legs together. Keep your butt down and back flat. Avoid sinking in the lower back or putting your hips into the air, which is easier on your abs but not as effective. Remember, it’s better to hold a plank using good technique for a shorter duration than compromising form.

Cross Body Crunch

This is a pretty basic exercise, but effective since it works the abs and oblique muscles. Start in a crunch position. Lift your torso up while bringing your right elbow across your body. At the same time, raise your left knee towards your right shoulder. Lower yourself back to your starting position. Repeat with your left elbow and right knee.

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