Whether you need to lose a few pounds or just show off all your hard work at the gym, you’d probably like to get more toned and ripped. Who wouldn’t?
Toning is all about losing enough of your body fat so that you can really see your lean muscle definition. It’s that tight look – the look that shows off your pecs, abs, and even glutes!
This article looks at the basic principles of toning workouts, specifically designed to get you more lean and ripped! At the end of the article, I’ll offer up a great toning workout plan that will give you some amazing results!
Toning Workout Basics
There are a few principles that should be followed in all toning workouts…
First, in order to get the best toning results, you should spend a little time bulking up. This is how most bodybuilders do it – they pack on the muscle, and then enter a ‘cutting’ or toing phase in which they burn all that extra fat they gained. Generally speaking, 4-8 weeks on each phase will do it if you’re at an intermediate level.
Toning workouts typically involve slightly higher numbers of repetitions with slightly lighter weights. This allows you to build and maintain muscle mass while also burning more fat. Think of it as a cardiovascular workout combined with a weight training workout.
Another key component to any toning workout is the right supplements. Proper protein support is key, so make sure you have a good protein supplement on hand, like Gaspari Nutrition Myofusion or Optimum 100% Casein Protein. The right amino acid support, with an intra-workout supplement like Scivation Xtend, can also help you maintain muscle mass while you try to burn fat.
Toning requires that you really work up a sweat in order to burn off that extra fat. This is why energy-boosting pre-workout supplements, like USPLabs Jack3d and Gaspari Nutrition SuperPump MAX, can give you such amazing results.
But even more importantly, you need to include a fat-burning supplement in your diet. This will ensure that you jumpstart your metabolism in just the right way, and shed that extra weight. Fat loss is always challenging, and when you get to the toning phase in your workout routine, every little bit helps.
Once you have this toning toolkit in place, it’s time to hit the gym. Let’s look one approach to a toning workout…
Full-Body Toning Workout Plan
First, make sure you warm up with some light cardio exercise. 5-10 minutes on any machine will do. To really get your heart rate up, do 1 sequence of burpees (view exercise).
Then it’s time to hit the weights. Perform 3 sets of each exercise at about 10-15 reps per set.
- Dumbbell Lunges (view exercise)
- Dumbbell Bench Press (view exercise)
- Cable Lat Pulldown (view exercise)
- Standing Dumbbell Bicep Curls (view exercise)
- Ab Crunches on Stability Ball (view exercise)
- Dumbbell Chest Flyes (view exercise)
- Tricep Extensions (view exercise)
- Barbell Squats (view exercise)
- Ab Rollout on Stability Ball (view exercise)
- Back Extensions on Roman Chair (view exercise)
Follow up this weight-training workout with at least 10-20 minutes of moderate intensity cardio. This will help you burn some extra calories on the spot!
Toning Workouts – Conclusion
There you have it, a great starting point for anyone looking to get more toned and ripped. Remember the basics of toning, and ensure that you’re hitting it hard at the gym. You’ll see results in no time!
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