3 Day Full Body Toning Workout for Women

This full body toning workout hits all the major muscle groups in just 30 minutes, and is perfect for people who want to strengthen their muscles!

Workout Summary

Build Muscle
Full Body
4 weeks
30 minutes
Barbell, Bodyweight, Cables, Dumbbells, Machines
Male & Female
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Workout Description

This 3 day workout is designed for people who want to tone and strengthen their muscles, without the bulk. Because of its versatile full body properties, you can incorporate this workout into an existing cardio or weight loss program.

If you wish to incorporate cardio, these workouts can be completed on the same day as cardio or on separate days. 

Related: 15 Min Post-Workout Fat Blasting Circuit Routine

Don't let this program fool. It may be short, but it packs a punch by hitting all of the major muscle groups. Keep rest periods short, anywhere from 30s to 45s between sets.

Below is an example of what a weekly schedule may look like. 

  • Monday: Full Body Toning Workout 1
  • Tuesday: Off
  • Wednesday: Full Body Toning Workout 2
  • Thursday: Off
  • Friday: Full Body Toning Workout 3
  • Saturday: Off
  • Sunday: Off

Full Body Toning Workout 1

Exercise Sets Reps
45 Degree Leg Press 3 20
Seated Row 3 20
Chest Dip 2 15-20
Machine Shoulder Press 2 20
Cable Curl 2 20
Tricep Extension 2 20
Plank 3 1 minute

Full Body Toning Workout 2

Exercise Sets Reps
Smith Machine Squat 3 20
Seated calf Raise 2 25
Lat Pull Down 3 20
Dumbbell Flys 3 20
Tricep Kickback 2 20
Standing Dumbbell Curl 2 20
Decline Sit Ups 2 MAX

Full Body Toning Workout 3

Exercise Sets Reps
Dumbbell Lunge 4 10 each leg
Wide Grip Pull Up 3 MAX
Barbell Bench Press 3 15-20
Standing Barbell Curl 3 15-20
Tricep Bench Dip 3 15
Horizontal Leg Raise 2 MAX


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Posted Wed, 04/14/2021 - 21:51

I'm a beginner in week 2 of 3-day split program. Really like it. What do i do after week 4?

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Posted Thu, 04/15/2021 - 09:17

Hey Janet - you can move on to another full body workout 3x per week or you could move up to a 4x per week upper/lower program depending on your schedule.

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Posted Thu, 04/15/2021 - 17:08

Thanks, Abigail. My gym is populated with serious male and female bodybuilder competitors. I don't wish my 5'4" 120# frame to look like theirs. I looked at the other 3x/wk workouts, but they seem to focus on developing mass. How to I convert those workouts to meet my tone/strength goals? Lower weights & reps? Thank you for your help. Janet

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Posted Fri, 04/16/2021 - 10:18

For women, it takes years of intense training and nutrition to become "bulky". You can follow any of the other routines.

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Posted Fri, 04/16/2021 - 13:17

Thank you, Abigail. I shall follow your original advice with confidence.

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Posted Tue, 12/04/2018 - 09:34
Jennifer Ford

Is there an app you would recommend to incorporate into this program?

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Posted Tue, 12/04/2018 - 09:39

Hi Jennifer,

Personally, I use "Heavy Set" -> It's a one time purchase of $15ish dollars and keeps track of the weight you've used displaying progress on graphs and such.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Fri, 10/20/2017 - 23:22
Arvin Soliman

Hi . I wanna be slim guy with muscle like model body this workout will guide me to my goal??

new on this lifestyle thats why. thanks in advance!!

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Posted Tue, 09/26/2017 - 10:32

Great workout. Would like some sets of deadlift in this schedule. What exercise could I replace?

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Posted Tue, 09/26/2017 - 13:38

Hi Hendrick,

Sure, I'd suggest substituting them in for one of the first exercises on any given workout day. Although, I wouldn't recommend performing them for sets of 20. Stick to the 6-12 range.

Hope this helps!

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Posted Mon, 10/17/2016 - 05:38

So the workout says it takes about 1 hour or so. I've been taking one minute rest breaks between sets. The workouts only takes me 30 minutes, is that normal.

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Posted Mon, 10/17/2016 - 09:19


That's completely fine. The 1 hour is just an estimated duration of this workout. Some will be able to do it faster or slower depending on how long their rest periods are.

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Posted Fri, 06/24/2016 - 10:19

Really appreciate this 3 day split, doing it with cardio 6 days a week. Not really looking to get big jut fat loss so this fits my needs just fine. I tweak whatever I need to fit my needs. (Lol at all the questions)

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Posted Sun, 01/03/2016 - 13:02

Can i do cardio in between days and rest on Saturday and Sunday?

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Posted Mon, 11/09/2015 - 01:06

can I do single leg extensions instead of the dumbble lunge?

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Posted Sun, 10/25/2015 - 17:15

I just want to come back to lift weight after 3-4 month without lifting (shoulder injury), do you think this is a good workout to start again? I see that only have one exercise for shoulder, and other thing, can I do one arm cable pushdowns instead of the dumbbell kickback? thank you

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Posted Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:13

Hi, this workout looks great. Just wondering if it would be appropriate to incorporate more core workouts at the end as I am particularly interested in strengthening that area. Thanks!

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Posted Wed, 07/29/2015 - 00:01

Love the workout, its just a shame that after 10 weeks i still haven't gotten any results. still stuck at the same weight and havent gotten any stronger and haven't gotten even alittle toned. not sure what im doing wrong here.

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Posted Sat, 09/02/2017 - 13:05
Lance Elzy

Hi Luke, all you have to do is look at your food intake, tweak your rest periods between workouts, add cardio, or adjust your cardio. The heart rate has to be up the whole time. This routine is a fat loss/endurance routine. That's why the reps are so high. Hope that helps.

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Posted Fri, 07/10/2015 - 16:30

Should lighter weights be used for the 3/20 sets. My old workout was fewer reps so I could do heavier weight but this one was hard to work through using the heavier weights. Thanks!

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Posted Sun, 06/21/2015 - 09:20

can I skip the machines and do similar exercise's with free weight ?I have a pulldown machine and all the free weight's needed

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Posted Mon, 06/22/2015 - 09:59

Ideally yes, incorporating more free weight exercises is the way to go.

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Posted Sun, 05/03/2015 - 04:51

What cardio do you recommend to compliment this work out?



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Posted Thu, 04/30/2015 - 21:35
Lisa Egan

With this workout should I increase reps, sets and or weight? How often ?

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Posted Sun, 04/19/2015 - 09:35

I recently started gym. I am 99 lbs. 5' 2" female. 30 years old.
I was told during my assessment that my body fat is more than my body mass. :(. 28.8% body fat.
I don't eat junk. Yes I don't eat much so I am guessing I let my body go in starvation mode and that could be the reason.
Are those exercise mentioned above good for me? Will it help me lose the fat and gain muscles? Or should y focus be on gaining muscles only? Or vise versa.

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Posted Sun, 03/08/2015 - 11:59
crystal lopez

need help creating a routine for a full body workout to gain muscle or whats the best way to organize my workouts? I want to target all muscles. I can only go to gym 3 times a week. Any suggestions will help thank you.

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Posted Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:54

What if I skipped for a minute in between workouts? Better for weight loss? I know you mentioned that we need 100% of strength for resistance training. Thoughts????

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Posted Mon, 12/29/2014 - 23:53

Hey! Great workout routine, thanks for posting. My question
Is in regards to the reps section that say 'MAX'... What does
this mean?
Thanks :)

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Posted Sun, 06/14/2015 - 23:42

MAX means doing the most you possibly can and will vary person to person depending on your individual strength.

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Posted Sun, 12/28/2014 - 07:28

Hello. I just came across this!
I want to lose 2 kilos and i want to tone up! How many times is this whole program to be repeated? In getting married in june and want to tone up asap!
Is there anythig else to add to this a month from now? Or do i do the same thing from jan to june?

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Posted Mon, 12/08/2014 - 19:52

Hi Steve,

I am a 5'4" 139lbs female. I do not want to lose weight. In fact, it's taken me years to gain some weight. Now I just want to remain toned. Is this a good workout for what I want?

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Posted Wed, 11/12/2014 - 15:41

Hey, I'm in college and I don't have any of the smith machines. Is there another option to do those workouts without the smith machine?

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Posted Wed, 01/04/2017 - 20:33

Hey Daniel,
You could integrate bodyweight then freeweight exercises as an alternative. For e.g you could do front/back squats with a barbell instead of a smith machine squat.

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Posted Mon, 10/06/2014 - 17:44
Kenny Mifsud


I need to gain muscle and weight as I am too thin. Would you recommend this regime or is it plainly for weight loss?

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Posted Wed, 01/04/2017 - 20:31

Hey Kenny,
Because of the rep range in this program, it's main focus would be to improve upon muscular endurance as well as toning up your body.

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Posted Tue, 07/29/2014 - 14:33
Chris Denman

Should lighter weights be used for this routine?

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Posted Sat, 07/19/2014 - 21:44

can I add hamstring workout or not?

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Posted Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:52
Barb Breckles

Great work out.

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Posted Wed, 07/09/2014 - 17:26

hi my name is Mariana, my weight is 111 lbs and i'm 27 years old, but my fat is 28%. My goals are loose 4 pounds, loose fat and tone my body, this routine is gonna help me or do u have other better recommendation for me? also what kind of diet should i follow? Thank u so much!

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Posted Sat, 06/28/2014 - 10:54

I just recently started this. And was wondering how fast I would see results. I mainly want to target the core. will this help? Are there separate videos for that

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Posted Mon, 06/02/2014 - 06:42

y cnt I train mon-friday and wat I want is to tone my body have nice feet chest and packs..... how should I get it done m gona train 4 3 month

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Posted Fri, 05/16/2014 - 08:18

Quick question....do you have a training routine that is specifically for toning but really focuses on toning the butt and thighs? I am a 34 year old female and I was going to the gym regularly but recently my personal trainer has left and I decided to try to go at it on my own. I am really looking at losing 50 pounds. I do cardio training 3-4 times a week but have only been weight training once a week. I know it will take time to lose the weight but I would REALLY love to speed this process up a little. I do watch my diet and my caloric intake ranges between 1500-1800. I have not paid attention to how much is protein, carb, etc. Another question: is there a good app for my phone to help keep track of my exercise/caloric intake?
Thank you so much for all your help

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Posted Sun, 04/13/2014 - 21:42

How much weight do you recommend for women doing this routine (50-somethings)?

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Posted Thu, 04/03/2014 - 09:45

Hi Steve....As a mom of three, I am always looking to maximize my time in the gym. I really like circuit training as it tends to save me time, help with my cardiovascular health, and give me that long, lean look I'm going for all at the same time :-) With that said, is there a way to turn this workout into a circuit trainer with little to no rest between sets? If so, how would I do that? Thanks!

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Posted Tue, 03/25/2014 - 06:44

I've been training for awhile on and off and keep getting off track. I'm looking for a workout over 3 days, that will tone my body, and add a little bit of size? Would this workout work? or should i do something different?

Thank you

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Posted Fri, 02/21/2014 - 13:30

also, how long should this workout plan be put into play?

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Posted Fri, 02/21/2014 - 13:28

can women do this workout and still get great results?

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Posted Mon, 02/17/2014 - 22:04

Hi Steve, I dont want to sound like ann asss here but would it be okay if i will change the total reps to 12? I mean I will follow the workouts and sets but change the reps from 20 to 12 on all exercises. would that be okay?

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Posted Sun, 02/16/2014 - 10:55

Is there an alternative for chest dip? I can't do it properly. :(

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Posted Sun, 02/09/2014 - 20:09

These are awesome workouts I've been doing them for 2 weeks now!