5 Toning Exercises You Can Do At Home, From Nicole Scherzinger’s Personal Trainer

We asked Svava Sigbertsdottir, creator of The Viking Method and Nicole Scherzinger's personal trainer, to run through 5 effective toning exercises you can do at home, even when space is limited.

Celebrity personal trainer Svava Sigbertsdottir, whose fitness programme The Viking Method helps the likes of Nicole Scherzinger and Suki Waterhouse stay in shape, runs through 5 easy yet effective toning exercises that you can do at home, even when space is tight…

1. Arm Works


‘Get into plank position with your feet on two tea towels. Keeping your feet still, use only your upper body to “walk” forward on your arms, dragging your body behind you. Throughout, keep your core engaged and your body in plank position. Be careful that you don’t drop in the middle or arch your back. Keep your hips completely still so you’re not swinging as you walk. Go 10 steps forward and 10 back.’

2. Backward Jumps

‘Begin with your feet hip-width apart and your knees soft. Squat down, then launch yourself backwards in a jump. Land in a deep squat with your heels on the ground and your bum pushed back. Do 8 big jumps backwards. Then jump to face the other way and do 8 back to your starting position. Do 4 sets and take a 30-second rest afterwards.

3. Beats

‘Stand with your feet wide apart. Squat deeply, keeping knees behind toes. Jump, lengthening your legs fully and beating them together quickly in the air before landing back in a deep squat. Try not to bounce or reposition your feet. Do 12 reps, repeat 4 times and then take a 30-second rest afterwards.’

4. Plank Forward Reaches

‘Get into a plank position on your forearms. Keeping your hips still, slowly reach one arm forward without shifting your body weight. Bring it back in, then reach out your other arm. Keep your movements slow and controlled to really strengthen your core. Repeat 4 times.’

5. Running Man

‘Get into plank position with your wrists under your shoulders, core engaged and feet on two tea towels. Keeping your upper body still and your feet on the towels, pull one leg at a time into your chest, then back, as fast as you can. Do this for 30 seconds.’

Svava is an ambassador for Bio-Synergy

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