There is a lot of information available in the area of health, fitness, and wellness, but it can be time-consuming to sort through all the best muscle building and toning techniques. You may not find the answer you need. We are here to help you!
Sunny aims to give you the truth. As always, I will dispel the popular term “toning” muscles and explain the differences between building and toning muscles. Then, I will guide you to better ways to get results.
What is Muscle Toning?
Toning is a sign of a stronger muscle due to increased muscle growth (known as hypertrophy) and lower body fat.
The body’s fat is located below the skin but above the muscles. Subcutaneous adipose is a type of body fat that makes up approximately 85% of our body’s total fat. This image clearly shows our anatomy.
How to get toned
The muscle can be visible by reducing body fat through healthy nutrition, regular exercise, good mental health, and proper nutrition. A person can look more toned by losing body fat without increasing muscle mass via strength training.
This is the most important component of people who want to improve their physical appearance.
Also, if you are working out in a particular area of your body, such as your arms or legs strength-training exercises, will not reduce subcutaneous fat.
Your body fat will not be reduced by doing exercises that only target your core, such as planks and bird dogs. Spot-reducing is a myth. Spot reduction is not possible because body fat falls globally.
Our bodies have a tendency to store fat in certain areas, which can be influenced by our age, gender, and genetics. Therefore, body fat is lost in the same order as it was gained.
Toning vs Building Muscle
Targeting the muscle is the second aspect of muscle toning. Muscle hypertrophy is a way to increase the size of muscle cells. The above image shows all components of muscle. The myofibril is the smallest of the strands. It grows in size with proper training.
Muscle responds to challenges and can grow when given the right nutrients. You may hear phrases like “long and lean” or “shape without bulk”. These phrases are merely marketing buzzwords to alter the narrative about building muscle.
Adults who have stopped growing cannot grow their muscles. Long lean muscle is a natural part of the human body. The length of the bone usually runs parallel to the muscle.
Toning without Bulking
Muscle building has been deemed a detestable activity in our society. We believe that lifting weights will make us “bulky”. Genetics, hormones, and training are all factors that determine how large muscle grows.
Testosterone is the primary hormone that is responsible for muscle growth. There is a large difference in testosterone quantity between men, women, and both genders. The testosterone levels in men are about 15 times higher than those of women.
No matter what sex they have, if a person wants to bulk up and gain muscle, they must follow a specific strength training and nutrition program. To help you achieve your goals, it is a good idea to seek professional advice.
Muscle toning is not a term that has been scientifically accepted. The fitness industry uses the term to describe a reduction of body fat in order to make the muscles more visible. Strength training can be used to further increase muscle tone. This will make the muscle more visible.
This post was written by Darryl Johnson, Co-Owner of Apex performance. At Apex performance we are a community of highly trained experts looking to provide performance enhancement and a permanent lifestyle change for our clients in a fun and interactive environment. Members can take advantage of one-on-one training, small group classes, and specialized courses for a wide variety of athletics, sports training, and body goals!