Who doesn’t love a quick plan when it comes to reaching your fitness goals? That’s why we spoke with Robyn WeismanBS Exercise Physiology, an ACE Certified Personal Trainer on Fit on the best bodybuilding exercises to do to accelerate weight loss. (For those of you who don’t know, Fyt is the nation’s largest personal training service that makes fitness under the expert guidance of a certified fitness professional, in-person or virtual, convenient and accessible to all.) Weisman shares strength training must-haves to reach (and exceed) your exercise goals fast. So whether you’ve just started your weight loss journey or you’re in the middle of it, we’ve got some scoops you’ll want to hear.

Read on to learn more about the most effective strength training exercises to speed up weight loss. And then be sure to check out The 6 Best Exercises for Strong, Toned Arms in 2022, the trainer says.


Weisman says leg raises are such a solid strength training exercise to do if you want to lose weight. They target your inner thighs and lower abs, in addition to improving your hip strength.

You will begin this exercise on your back. Make sure your legs are close together and straight. Bring your legs skyward until your buttocks and lower back are lifted off the ground. Then, bring your legs back to the floor, stopping just before they hit the ground. Hold this pose for a second and then bring your legs up to the sky.

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This exercise is a great way to focus on specific upper body muscles once you have the standard downward press. Weisman explains, “For example, a diamond pushup is an advanced pushup that isolates the triceps.”

To begin, you will get on all fours to form a “diamond shape” with your hands positioned below your chest. Bring your legs back to get into a good plank. Weisman continues, “Prepare your core and lower your body toward the floor while keeping your hands in a diamond shape. Lift your body into a plank to complete the exercise, and repeat.”

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man doing the plank

Last but not least, the top-down planks, which will really work your core and arm muscles. You’ll start on all fours with your forearms on the floor in a classic elbow plank position. “Place your right hand on the mat, straightening your elbow, and repeat with your left hand until you’re in a full plank,” Weisman says. “Release your right elbow to the mat and repeat on the left side to return to an elbow plank. Repeat on both sides.”

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