Toning or the appearance of lean muscle is the most common goal for most gym goers. Lean Muscle is appealing, however there is often some confusing between “Losing Weight” and “Toning”
This week we are going to give you the low down on body toning.
What is Toning?
Toning is the process of losing fat and building muscle at the same time.
This will ultimately give you leaner, healthier and more “sculpted” body composition.
How do I train to get toned?
If you are looking to get toned it is essential that you are familiar with the correct weight training principles. High Intensity is the way to go here, you should be performing exercises for a minimum of 2 sets for approximately 18-20 repetitions.
Remember to pick a weight that allows you to complete the above with good form.
Rule of Thumb: The weight should be heavy enough that the last 3 reps are difficult to complete.
The trick here is to also have very short breaks in between sets and exercises to ensure your heart rate is high and the metabolism is moving!
CAR – DI – O!
One of the most important parts of getting that lean toned appearance is cardiovascular training (Aerobic)
Performing Cardio will speed up your weight loss goals and allow the hard work you doing with the weights to really start revealing those toned muscles.
The Secret ingredient here: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).
With HIIT you give all out 100% effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short steady paced recovery periods – Example 30 Second sprint on the stationary bike, followed by 30 seconds of steady paced recovery. Do this for 10 mins and slowly build up to 20-30min sessions for amazing results.
You Are What You Eat
Lastly but Most Importantly you are what you eat.
It doesn’t matter if you do thousands of abdominal exercises or if you hit the treadmill every day for some HIIT.. If you don’t tailor your diet for the lean toned appearance then you will never reach the goals you are looking for.
The Lower your body fat percentage is more toned you will appear.
Eating Take Aways and sugar loaded meals and snacks will only derail all the hard work you are doing in the gym.
Aim for a protein rich diet, eat smaller more frequent meals throughout the day, If you are pressed for time or cannot stomach so many meals, we recommend using the Slender You Meal Replacer which gives the body everything it needs.
Gaining that lean toned appearance is tough, if it were easy it would be the norm in society. However if you are dedicated and follow a calorie restricted diet, supplement right and get in the training you will see results relatively quickly! And there is absolutely nothing better for confidence than seeing your body transform!
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