MUSCLE BUILDING AND TONING: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

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If you think that a muscle building programme and a toning programme are the same thing...think again! These two practices do however share one main goal: helping you keep in shape. However, you are about to discover that there are many differences between these two ways of developing your muscles.

WEIGHT TRAINING TO INCREASE YOUR STRENGTH

This is a programme to increase your muscle mass. To achieve this, the right place is the weight lifting and weight machine area that provide the largest area for muscle building, all specific to working out a particular area of your body. These exercises should be carried out with a heavy weight, to make sure the muscles are intensively engaged. Your progress directly depends on the principle of overload, and the difficulty of the movement to be carried out. The idea is to stress your muscles by confronting them with an unusual load and a repeated action. You will also develop your muscle strength, delineate your muscles and increase in volume.

MUSCLE TONING TO FIRM UP YOUR BODY

This is a programme to tone your body with the aim of filling in the gaps between the different strengths of the muscles in your body. Using either bodyweight exercises or light weights, you'll carry out targeted muscle training exercises on particular muscle groups. For muscle toning training, you can follow group courses such as Body Light, Body training, Abdos 30, Body Ball, CAF.

Toning is a very good exercise for preparing yourself physically alongside your sports activities. You will also improve your progression and boost your performance.

MUSCLE BUILDING AND TONING: DIFFERENT TRAINING TYPES

Muscle building:

  • Weight: heavy
  • Number of repetitions: 10
  • Intensity: HIGH
  • Recovery: 1 minute, to relax your muscles and hydrate yourself

During muscle building exercises you should aim to have trouble lifting the weight.

Toning exercises:

  • Weight: light or using bodyweight
  • Number of repetitions: from 20 to 30
  • Intensity: LOW
  • Recovery: none or only short pauses between sets, 20 seconds maximum

During toning exercises you should try to aim for muscle endurance.

 

Whether you're aiming for muscle building or toning, if you follow a regular training regime and eat a balanced, healthy diet, your efforts will result in stronger, well-defined muscles.

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