Something I hear many women say is “I want to get toned.”
There is no such thing as toning a muscle. This is actually one of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to fitness.
Let’s ask ourselves, how do people look toned if you can’t tone a muscle?
The truth behind this is that you need to ensure that you have enough muscle and a low enough body fat in order to see muscle underneath.
How do you build muscle?
- You need to eat enough food. Muscle is calorically expensive to both grow and maintain.
- You need to train hard. By training hard I mean lift heavy. To build muscle, it requires progressive overload.
- Rest and recover. When we are at rest, our muscle fibres repair. This is just as important as training.
Being women, we won’t actually bulk up as people assume, this is because we don’t naturally have enough testosterone in our body that enables you to bulk up.
Basically, in a nutshell, we need to eat clean, train mean and live lean.