"I just want to tone!"
We as trainers hear this all the time, but what does this actually mean?
This concept of "toning" is actually an increase in muscle tissue with a low enough body fat to see the definition. Muscles either expand or shrink, but the muscles themselves don't actually "firm up," and fat most definitely does not turn into muscle (or vise versa).
So how do muscles grow? Resistance training! You need to put enough stress on your muscles to give them a reason to adapt and grow. If you have little to no resistance, what incentive does your body have to change? Probably none. We are not saying you need to start bench pressing 100 lbs, but it is TOTALLY OK to push heavier/harder than you might be used to. That's what's going to send the message to those muscles that they need to step up their game if they're going to keep up with this bad ass workout you're making them do.
"But I don't want to get bulky!" Stop. Only the men will look like men for one simple reason; women do not produce enough testosterone to build muscle the way a man does. So ladies, unless you're taking steroids or testosterone boosters, you have nothing to worry about!
A beautiful benefit of muscle growth is the more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn at rest! For every pound of muscle you have, your body utilizes 6 calories to sustain itself whereas fat only utilizes 2 calories. This means your body becomes an efficient, calorie burning machine, even when you're not working out!
A few other amazing benefits of resistance training include:
- Better sleep
- Increased bone density
- Heart health
- Stress relief
- Increased energy
You are stronger that you might think you are. Push yourself. Create change. Be stronger than you were yesterday. And we're here to help you out with those last 30 seconds and extra spring or two. ;)
The Motivate Team