There is no such thing as toning. So many people, when asked what their goal is, reply, ‘I want to get toned’. But do you really know what ‘toning’ is and how to get there?
Toning is a word used to describe the aesthetic look of how we would like to be. In fact to get this type of physique, i.e. less flab, more definition and shape, we in fact need to reduce body fat, and increase muscle mass.
You cannot turn fat into muscle, and muscle doesn’t turn into fat. If we don’t train our muscles, they will get smaller and if we don’t exercise or eat clean, our fat will likely increase. Our overall weight may not even change, but the composition of our body does, and this impacts on the look and feel of our naked self.
This is why we often encourage clients to request a body composition scan to understand their level of muscle and fat, and then to measure this at different progression points this as they embark on their training regime.
To achieve this look, you need to engage in strength training, and shed the body fat covering your muscles. This may include a combination of resistance based training, as well as circuit or interval cardio based training.
For muscle mass, the plain and simple of it is, that muscles can either get bigger, smaller or stay the same. If they do more work than usual (heavier weights for example), they get bigger, the same if they do less, they get smaller. If they are used to our current program, then they will remain the same. So progression, always challenging your body is integral to this process.
For many of us, a training buddy, personal training, or group results based training session is the most beneficial for us to ensure we keep progressing.
But don’t forget about your diet. This will also play a large part in reducing body fat, and enabling adequate recovering from your training sessions.
*Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and/or muscle gain over an extended period of time