Toning VS. Bulking Up
Why do you work out? What are your fitness goals? How do you want your body to look? These are all questions to consider before starting your fitness regimen. If you are willing to put in the time and work it takes to consistently go to the gym, make sure the steps you are taking are bring you closer to your desired results.
If your goal is to tone up your body you are probably looking to lose a little weight and tighten up the muscles giving them a more defined shape. If this is your goal you are going to want to implement a cardio and a weight training aspect to your routine. The cardio portion of your workout will help you burn calories and will contribute greatly to your toning goals. While the weight training will allow you to target specific muscles you’d like to see improvement.
Your weight lifting program should include sets with high rep counts. If you are looking for tone arms, a good exercise would be tricep pull downs. You could do 3 sets of 15 reps. With this workout program you won’t have to worry about getting arms like a body builder, but you will definitely strengthen and tone up the back side of your arms. This same philosophy can be used in a slew of different exercises, both lower body and upper body.
If tacking on muscle mass is your goal, it can accomplished by lifting heavier weights with less reps. If you wanted to build bulk in your tricep, instead of doing 3 sets of 15 reps you could do 5 sets of 6 reps. You can accomplish two totally different body types doing a lot of the same exercises.
Typically, people bulking up will split the muscles into different groups and work on just a few muscles each day. Isolating the muscle with heavy weights, then allowing the muscle fibers time to repair themselves before isolating them again is the most effective way to build mass.
Your diet is very important when toning the body, but it is just as important when bulking up. When toning it’s best to burn more calories than you take in. When building bulk, it is very important to consume more calories than you burn, preferably in a high protein diet.
When going to the gym or working out at home, you need to have goals that you work toward. If you know your goals, you can build your workout plan to achieve those specific results. Maybe you want to tone your arms but want to build bulk in your legs and gluts, mix and match your workouts to do so. It’s your body, with hard work and consistency you can sculpt it however you’d like!