The Curvy Woman's Exercise & Training Guide

Life & Love | By Justin D Joseph | 11/01/2012 | 11:45 AM EDT

Hey Ladies, it's time to tighten those curves!

Ladies, there is nothing wrong with curves, but it's important to keep those curves tight. In your quest to stay fit, realize that you don't have to get stick-thin, but you do need to be healthy and active. Focus on exercises that will shape and tone your curves, thus creating YOUR best body. Need a little help to jump start your routine? Follow these tips the next time you hit the gym.

1. Say Yes To Interval Training
Too many long cardio sessions will waste away your precious muscle mass. Muscle mass burns more calories during the day and while you rest---therefore it's precious. Instead of spending 2 hours walking on the treadmill, try doing 20 minutes of high intensity interval cardio training. Example: Sprint for 30 seconds-1 minute, then walk or get off and do a full body exercise, sprint for 30 seconds-1 minute, then walk or get off and do an ab exercise or compound exercise. The length of sprinting time can be elevated as you advance. Want another option? Between each strength exercise set, do 30-45 seconds of an exercise like jump rope, mountain climbers, butt kickers or squat jumps full speed.

2. Jump To It!

Jump training or (scientifically known as, plyometrics) and other high-speed exercises are a must for voluptuous women. Plyometrics and high-speed training promote definition and yield faster results. Good jump training exercises are squat jumps, pike jumps, jump roping and box jumps.

3. Say No To Spot Training

Focus on full body circuit weight training (including body weight and compound exercises) to tone your upper and lower body in general. Take a full body approach to exercising and use specific exercises to target your problem areas. Want to define your lower body (hips, butt, legs)? Step-ups, lunges and squats are a girl's best friend.

4. An Inch can Get You A Long Way

Dont get caught up in the numbers displayed on the weigh scale. You could be the same weight and have a totally different body. A curvy woman can lose 20 pounds of fat mass and gain 20 pounds of lean mass over time---same weight, different body. Therefore, measure your body fat percentage to track your progress.

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