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Popular Workouts To Get Toned This Summer

Updated on July 3, 2011

Summer's just around the corner as well as our worries about our body weight. If up until now the physical appearance issues were hidden, it's time to get in shape and wear a bikini.

We get each time more demanding on ouselves and our choices on getting thinner. We search some new exercises that somehow will inspire and motivates us to reach our goal.

Being stuck in the daily stressful routine takes all our time away, and we do need to exercise to relax and let it all go.

Therefore, there's been new successful exercises that joins movement together with meditation.



This new modality was created by Carlos Rodriguez and it combines Capoeira's technique, dance and vinyasa yoga. It unites specifically the full body breathing principles of traditional Indian vinyasa yoga with the fierce cardio pacing of the Brazilian martial-arts form capoeira. The class is in a vinyasa base form, often times revolving in 360'. Sequence and technique is challenging and requires open ears and an open mind.

Normally, a class started with a brief meditation and after a few minutes the fun begin! Balancing with martial art movement, cartwheels into back bends, a place for letting go. This all moved in a 360 degree fashion; facing all four corners of the room. It is "high" energy, fluid and creative. There is really not a moment to drift off or you will find your in a class of your own creation.
Since the room is heated to 90 + degrees you sweat dripping off of every corner of your body. Your body is warmed up and usual tight places are much looser, allowing for more fluidity of movement. Toxins and more toxins are cleared due to the increased heat and sweat pouring out from your body.

Workout focus: Core-induced motion and strengthening work target the abs and love handles, while squats home in on the butt and thighs. Sustained cardio keeps the heart rate high.

Unique quality: According to the founder Carlos Rodrigues “The mental benefit is simple, as there is basically no time to think. For at least an hour, you are out of your mind and just moving to the beat of your heart and breath,”

Availability: Classes are offered at Equinox gyms nationwide and Pure Yoga in New York.


A leading expert in barefoot training, Reiki follower Stacey Lei Krauss combines a high-energy cardiovascular workout with soulful mind-body practice.

The class is literally an hour of almost non-stop action combining heart-rate elevating cardio with some serious yoga inspired balancing poses.

Tired of bicep curls and jumping jacks? Gym classes have long gotten a bad rep for being boring, cookie cutter “1 style fits all.” This particular exercise worries about each person's personal physic level while paying atention to their needs and capabilities. WillPower & grace is an open class for all levels but provides variations and modifications for almost every pose that keeps everyone from beginner to advanced safe and engaged throughout the hour.

WillPower & grace is a fusion class and incorporates yoga, pilates, dance, martial arts, barefoot conditioning. Stacey Lei Krauss wanted to develop something fluid and well rounded and trains the entire system: strength, endurance, cardiovascular conditioning, agility, balance,and flexibility.

Workout focus: In addition to full-body cardio health, the barefoot method strengthens your feet for a stronger and more stable stance. It also retrains your lower-body kinetic chain to progressively correct imbalances in your ankles, knees, and hips.

Unique quality: According to Stacey Lei Krauss “I teach my instructors to create a unique willpower experience that positively influences people for hours and days after class. Willpower is your ability to make change, beginning with your power of thought. Grace is elegance of movement; it’s how we land on our feet,”

Availability: Classes are available at 24-Hour Fitness, Equinox, The Sports Club/LA, select YMCAs, and private studios across the country.


The Grace Somatomorphic Technique (GST®), created by Anna Rahe, is a revolutionary new movement system that changes, once and for all, the shape of your body. GST® is comprised of three unique components that use dynamic movement, oppositional force and friction to achieve radical body transformation.

Anna Rahe claims that dramatic aesthetic changes like muscle definition and tone that come as a result of GST method are permanent, since the supporting structure of the body has changed. Founder Anna Rahe began to work with the still-under-the-radar tissue after years of dance left her in pain and in desperate search for a therapeutic fitness option. By harnessing the power of force through movement and spring equipment, she found that the fascia could be targeted and reshaped into alignment that is not only more attractive but rehabilitative, too. “People notice an immediate improvement to chronic aches and pains,” says Rahe.

Workout focus: Reshaping and realigning the body by manipulating the fascia, its complex connective tissue system.

Unique quality: “Our proprietary technique eliminates excess ‘energy’ congestion inside muscle tissue that is responsible for thickness, bulk, and under- or overdeveloped muscle tissue related to cellulite,” says Rahe.

Availability: Currently, there is one studio location in Hollywood, though GST DVDs and home equipment will be available for purchase by the end of summer.


You want a bailarina's body? The ballet dancers have firmly toned yet effortlessly elegant bodies and this ballet bar–based method aims to increase flexibility, elongate your figure, and firm up muscles without adding bulk.

Founder Burr Leonard created the regimen after teaching the similar-in-concept dance workout by Lotte Berk, but student complaints of knee, back, and shoulder discomfort, very common in dancers, inspired Leonard to collaborate with physical therapist Rick Stebbins to design a ballet-inspired workout that would be safe for joints and other injury-prone areas. At the core of the strength training is isometrics, which is the practice of toning muscles by holding a static position.

Workout focus: The sculpted arms, flat abs, lifted seat, and svelte yet firm thighs of the classic dancer’s body.

Unique quality: “One of the less talked-about highlights of the Bar Method is its focus on teaching good posture and better muscle control. These skills contribute greatly to the distinctive beauty and grace in the bodies it produces,” says Leonard.

Availability: There are currently 39 studio locations across North America with 20 more scheduled to open this year. Seven workout DVDs are also available for at-home use.


This metod of Tracy Anderson is a 90-day “at-home workout that is as close to having me as your personal trainer as possible,” promises Anderson.

A-list gal pals like Gwyneth Paltrow have extolled the body-morphing virtues of Anderson’s method, helping to make her Hollywood’s trainer du jour.

The petite blond claims that—like her signature method—her new DVD workout program, Metamorphosis, “fights genetics” by engaging rarely worked small muscle groups to redefine and change the shape of the body.

Anderson has identified four body typesbased on how your body gains and stores fat. You decide if you’re abcentric, hipcentric, glutecentric, or omnicentric, and you’ll get the corresponding nine DVDs, which include a (dance) cardio component of 30 minutes and three “transforming muscular structure work” DVDs for your body type.

Workout focus: Choose from four series that are choreographed based on where your body stores fat: omnicentric (all over), hipcentric (hips and thighs), abcentric (stomach and waist), and glutecentric (butt and cellulite).

Unique quality: “Unlike running, cycling, or the elliptical, which work the same muscles over and over again, my exercises empower and strengthen the smaller supporting muscles in your body to give you a long, lean appearance,” says Anderson.

Availability: DVDs are available for purchase on Anderson’s website. Studios are open in New York and Los Angeles for live instructor-led training, as well as in the Hamptons during the summer season. Private trainers are also available in London.


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      betsuz 6 years ago from California

      Awesome Hub! I do Zumba workout and I walk to stay fit. But, I would love to try some of the Caponyasa Yoga DVD's.

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      AngelaPereira 6 years ago

      Hi Lily.

      I believe that there is only one studio for GST in Hollywood, at least for now and that i know of.

      About the DVDs, the GST as I mentioned in the hub, will only be available for purchase by the end of summer. For Caponyasa i believe there isn't any yet. Hopefully there will be something for purchase available soon. I'm looking forward to it as well :)

      Thanks for stopping by :)

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      Lily 6 years ago

      I have a question I do the Tracy anderson method and i love it but i like to switch off sometimes. the GTS and the modern youga one intrist me. do you knoe if there are any DVDs for them both? and is there a GTS studio in NYC??

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      AngelaPereira 6 years ago

      katrinasui - Thanks for your comment, I really appreciated! :-)

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      katrinasui 6 years ago

      This is a very useful hub. The videos are great. Thanks Angela.

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      AngelaPereira 6 years ago

      I'm glad i can help you :)

      I've tried Willpower & Grace and I love it! It really works and it's really challenging.

      Thanks for your comment and for stopping by :)

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Oh yeah. These look challenging and great. I am losing weight and need to stay toned. I cannot stand to feel flabby. I will try some of these workouts. Thanks, HB.