How to Tone Up?

Are you wanting to tone up? Lose the body fat, see some definition, and go down in a couple of pants sizes? If that sounds like you, then you are similar to about 99% of the clients I’ve had over my 8+ years as a personal weight loss trainer. Good news is that this is a very possible goal, and it’s not as complicated as people like to make it sound!

If you’ve checked out some stuff on the internet already, you’ve probably come across a few different workout routines, eating habits, supplements, and more. All of which claim that they’re necessary for getting that toned body that you’re wanting so bad! Don’t believe everything that you see on the web. Even this article should be met with some skepticism. 😉

I’m not wanting to keep you reading this all day long, so I’ll get straight to the point. What is “toning up”? Simply, when you tone up you’re building lean muscle and losing body fat enough so that you can see the definition in your muscle. Easy enough, right? Let’s dig deeper!

How do you gain muscle? Lift weights, and yes that is definitely true if you’re a woman! You’re probably thinking right now “I don’t want to bulk up”. Trust me, very rarely do women bulk up when they’re lifting weights. Unless they’re trying to, in which it is totally possible as well. But you don’t need to worry about it. The fact is, lifting weights is the most effective way to build muscle. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. The more calories you burn, the more body fat you lose! The more body fat you lose, the smaller your pants sizes get, and the more you can see the definition in that newly acquired lean muscle you got! 😉 P.S. When women gain muscle, it is more lean than when men gain muscle. Men put on bulkier muscle because they have more testosterone.

So how do we lose this body fat while continuing to gain muscle? That’s a great question, I’m glad you asked! In addition to your weight lifting, you must do conditioning(cardio). Yes, that dreaded word! I don’t like to call it cardio because when people think cardio, they think of getting on the treadmill and walking for 15 minutes, or getting on the elliptical and watching an episode of Friends (my favorite show, I’d watch it too so don’t feel bad). The type of “cardio” that you SHOULD be doing to maximize your results is a varied form of high intensity interval training. Notice i said to maximize your results, because doing the easy 20 min jog will still get you some results. But, if you’re like me, you would rather do the harder things that are going to get you better results in less time. So get on the treadmill, bike, rower, or whatever and KILL IT! I’m talking this needs to be a very intense session.

I’ve already been going longer than I was planning so I’ll wrap this up and elaborate on some of the topics in future blogs. But, just remember that you get what you put in. If you go to the gym and go slow, low intensity, and take it easy, then you’ll get results that reflect that. You’ll probably get some results, but not as good as you could get. Remember that toning up is just building muscle and losing fat so that you can see the definition of your muscle. Lift weights, do high intensity interval training for your “cardio”, and be the hardest working MOFO in the gym!

Are you wondering if a personal trainer may be right for you? Check out this blog I wrote last year about the subject!

Until Next Time,

Casey Gibson

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