Although I really hate the word ‘toning’ and hate it even more when someone asks me for ‘good toning exercises’ I understand the look they’re after.
So how do we achieve the coveted ‘toned’ look?
Well to start with it’s important to understand what a muscle is capable of doing.
1) It can get bigger
2) It can get smaller
You can’t actually ‘tone’ a muscle. So when someone says they want to achieve the ‘toned’ look, what they actually mean is that they want their muscles to look more defined and the key to doing this is by reducing body fat, but if you haven’t built any muscle then that’s where you’ll need to start (by lifting weights, not zumba classes).
The way to achieve a ‘toned’ physique isn’t hours of cardio, eliminating carbs and only drinking Slender Blend shakes. They key is to get in the gym and to follow a strength training program that allows you to progress weekly, eat enough calories and protein to support muscle growth (without unnecessary fat gain) and with time and consistency you will be the proud owner of a ‘toned’ body.
Bonus Tip: Don’t get your nutrition advice from reality tv stars, most of them can barely tie their own shoe laces.