Strength and Toning

Let’s set things straight between the difference of strengthening and toning because these these two terms often get mixed up in the universe of fitness gurus. Physiologically, there’s really no difference between the two. As muscle is strengthened, so is it muscle more toned. 

Actually, I would rather refer to it as “The Myth Of Toning” since more or less, the word “tone” is a misnomer for me. The firming-up or toning happens when there is an increase in muscle tissue as well as a decrease in body fat percentage such that you will be able to see the definition and shape of the muscles and get rid of the detestable “jiggle“. The thing is, muscles do not go from soft to hard or from hard to soft, they just either shrink or grow in size. In such way, muscles themselves do not really “firm-up” or “tone”, they just changed size.

So, the word tone actually was adopted to describe what happens when your muscles get stronger, thus look leaner, and that is, toned. In this state, because they get denser and take up less space, then they are definitely set apart from the weaker muscle fibers or fat.

Well Toned Body

On the other hand, when it comes to the world of “toning”, the reason why some people really get bigger and not just leaner is because of genetics. Some of us just really got lucky, if you are part of this chosen specie then you have a lot to owe to your ancestors. Some of us are predisposed to being able to lose a lot of fat that is why it is so easy for us to slip into that state where we are able to show off the muscles beneath. And also, because of hormonal differences, men tend to develop much bigger muscles than women.

Therefore, in a nutshell, there are two ways about getting yourself that buff look and there’s simply no way of getting around it. In order to achieve the look of muscle tone or a well-toned body, you either need to engage in strength training or/and at the same time, shed the layer of fat that is covering those gorgeous muscles.

Body Muscles

But let’s make it clear that traditional resistance training alone doesn’t produce the toned look that you so desired. This is especially true when you do individual resistance training’s in a haphazard fashion where there are unnecessarily high repetitions, little resistance, and little if any stress applied on the muscle. Apart from this, a calorie deficit is also needed in order for you to simply shed some of the subcutaneous body fat or the fat that is under the skin.Now you might ask, what’s so wrong about doing high repetitions to get toned. After all, you are that strong to last that long right?

Wrong. In sheer strength, we mean business honey. And that is strength by the number of how heavy you take on you. Just because you are not looking forward to add muscle mass in you doesn’t mean that you should back away from stressing your muscles with relatively heavy weight. And this goes for both women and men. You really need to work ‘em right to make ‘em look right since effort needs to be given and your muscles need to be stressed for them to change and grow.

There’s no way around it and if you are just going through the motions of doing it then you will only produce little, if any results at all. So bottom line is, if the muscle is not being stressed enough then you’re not giving it enough reason to adapt and change its current condition. Show some muscle to your muscles. I know that due to the media many people, especially women, think that in order to “get toned” all they need to do is very high repetitions and very little resistance. Add up to this they make moderate to long rests which only slows down the process.

They also get lazy and don’t take into account the much needed cardiovascular activity or diet that is so necessary in order to get “toned”. So if you want to do something about it, use large body movements and keep rest periods short to elevate your heart rate and get immediate calorie and fat burning benefits as traditional cardiovascular exercise.