We recently received a question from one of our listeners who asked Outside of my Crossfit workouts, what are specific exercises I can be doing on my off days to improve my strength and overall tone?“. 

This is a double sided question because there are specific “accessory” exercises you can do outside of your regular workouts to focus on specific areas that are weaker than others, BUT in regards to increasing your overall tone any type of heavy strength training will improve the tone and shape of your body.

Increasing your overall strength is something that takes time, consistency and discipline and requires training your body in a specific way. Some of the best strength moves you can do are compound lifts that require you to utilize your entire body to perform the exercise which will in turn strengthen your entire body.

Women are always asking for the best exercises to get “toned” and really the best exercises to transform, tighten and tone your body are strength training workouts which involve barbell back squats, front squats, power lifts, deadlifts, lunges, and other strength moves. This all ties back into the other Real Women talk episodes we’ve had about the need for women to lift heavy weights to see real results.

Our specific listener who posed the question above stated that she does Crossfit 3x a week and 3 other days she goes to the gym with her husband and performs 30 minutes of cardio and wanted to know if the 3 days of cardio was the most effective thing she could be doing, which as you will find out in the chat below Kindal and I have a few contrary things to say about that.

Once you watch the chat below, let me know your thoughts! Do you have a specific fitness, food or mindset question you want answered? Leave a comment below and we will answer it in one of our chats! 


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Ashley Drummonds