Ever heard the term “muscle tone” or “muscle definition”? Of course you have.
Here’s the truth: Most people don’t actually know what these terms mean or know how to get “toned”. Most people fail to reach their fitness goals because their workout and nutrition programs are based on myths.
Truth About Muscle Tone
- You can’t increase muscle “tone”
- You can’t increase muscle “definition”
- You can’t make a muscle more “ripped”, “lean”, “defined” or any other ridiculous term that essentially describes the same thing
Read that again: You can’t “tone” or “define” a muscle. Muscle fibers don’t transition from soft to hard. They simply decrease or increase in size.
Since the above terms all mean the same thing, I’ll use the word “tone” for the rest of this article to minimize confusion.
Muscle Tone Defined: To have a body fat percentage low enough so that the muscle tissue underneath can be seen.
In other words, looking more “toned” simply comes down to decreasing the amount of body fat covering your muscles.
So whenever someone refers to “toning up”, they’re actually referring to revealing the muscle beneath their body fat.
How to REALLY Get Toned
Getting toned isn’t rocket science. In fact, it’s quite simple.
Looking more toned involves doing one or all of the following:
- Losing the body fat currently covering your muscle tissue
- Gaining more muscle
- Doing both (building muscle and losing fat)
For most people, the excess body fat covering their muscle tissue is the primary reason they aren’t satisfied with their degree of muscle tone.
Knowing the truth about muscle tone puts you miles ahead of the game and a step closer to reaching your fitness goals. Sadly, most people still believe that getting toned requires using a certain set of enchanted exercises, machines or supplements to accomplish.
Fortunately for you, this isn’t the case. To explain, let’s examine the common misconceptions about toning muscle which in reality, are completely useless.
Things That Do NOT Increase Tone
- Doing higher reps
- Lifting lighter weights
- Using machines
- Doing made-up “toning” exercises
- Products or supplements that boldly claim to turn your body into a fat burning furnace that will burn fat and increase muscle tone *cough* Shake Weight *cough*
But Why Don’t These Things Work?!
? Significantly burning fat on a specific area of your body is NOT possible. This is a myth known as spot reduction. Your body is only capable of losing fat from your entire body, and not one specific region. Your genetics determine where your body chooses to lose body fat first.
Lifting lighter weights for higher reps will NOT target fat on a specific part of your body. And worse of all, lifting this way will NOT provide the required training signal to get stronger and build muscle.
No exercises, machines or amount of weights are capable of targeting fat at a specific area.
The people who believe otherwise are simply wasting time and achieving none of the things that need to be accomplished in order to truly get toned.
The Bottom Line: Specific toning exercises, workouts or methods do not exist. Getting toned involves gaining some muscle and losing enough fat to reveal the muscle underneath. Building muscle requires following an intelligently designed workout routine tailored to your body (e.g. any of the routines included in KFX: Muscle Growth Experience). Losing fat requires creating a caloric deficit. Everything else is bullshit.