Carve gorgeous contours, and see a monumental shift in your strenght. This is where you get started
WWhen it comes to lifting weights, you hear a lot about the merits of going big in CrossFit or using baby ’bells in barre class. But the middle ground—choosing which hand weights to hoist for your everyday sets—is where you can really determine how sculpted you get. “Grabbing a weight that’s a little heavier than you might normally go for is important because you need to stimulate the muscles to build— that’s how you get toned, strong, and lean,” says Radan Sturm, the founder of Liftonic, a group weight training studio in New York City. We’re not talking doubling the size of your dumbbells but breaking any rut you’ve gotten into with your sets and reps. “In my experience, people typically select a weight about 25 percent under what they could safely do,” Sturm says. The signature Liftonic workout has exercises that work multiple muscle groups while you gradually increase poundage to push yourself to go harder—whether that’s leveraging your body weight for decline push-ups or adding dumbbell weight to a side plank. In the total-body routine Sturm created for Shape (head to shape.com.my/fitness for the moves), you’ll do supersets of dumbbell exercises alternating with active recovery moves.