It’s actually one of the biggest misconceptions in the fitness industry. Time and time again, the fitness enthusiast will tell their coach, “I just wanna tone, I don’t wanna get bulky.”

But do they really know what they’re asking for? Have they clarity for what they really want? Or are they simply just confused about how to actually reach their goals?

It’s most likely confusion.

But it’s not their fault, and it doesn’t have to be that way!

The problem is that “toning” has no exact meaning and thus results cannot be measured or obtained. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a toning exercise.

When you really listen to those people who are “toning” and what it is they are trying to accomplish, most of them say they want their muscles harder, they want to look like they workout, or they want to feel more comfortable in their own skin.

But those things aren’t the problem. The problem lies within the goal setting process. Because if you don’t know exactly what you are aiming to achieve, you will never achieve it.

To “TONE” you’ll have to build muscle, and to build muscle you’ll have to lift weights. When you lift weights you’ll need to recover, and to recover you’re going to need to dial in your nutrition. 🙂 

Here are some different things that people may actually mean when they mistake their fitness goals for “toning”:


Increase strengthPower-Lifting / Weightlifting

Increase muscle massBodybuilding

Increase enduranceAerobic “Conditioning” 

Increase speedSprinting & Plyometrics 

Increase flexibilityYoga & Mobility 

Decrease body-fatAerobic “Exercise” & Nutrition

Increase coordinationGymnastics & Weightlifting

If you can’t measure what it is you are aiming to achieve, then you will never achieve it! You can see that all these goals are very different and your training regimen will be very different depending on how you define “toning”.

So if “toning” is your goal, then you’ll need to lift some moderately – heavy weights, do some aerobic exercise, and make sure you do five sets of eating less junk.

See you at the gym!

Coach Graham

WOD 070716

What crazy activities do you dream of trying someday?

Warm-up 5

2 Min of Single/Double Under
Agility Ladder - Burpee Challenge
Two Rounds:
20M Walking Lunge with Twist
10 Leg Swings (Front/Back & Side/Side)
3 Inch Worm Progressions
16 Mountain Climbers (8/side)

Hamstring Stretch Band - Lay on back, band around the foot, leg straight
Thoracic Stretch over PVC
LAX Shoulder

Metcon (Weight)

Five sets of:
Weighted Pull-Up x 3 reps
Rest 60 seconds
KB Swings x 30 seconds of work
Rest 60 seconds

Note the weight of Pull-ups

Metcon (AMRAP - Rounds and Reps)

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 10 minutes of:
10 Pull-Ups
15 Wall Ball Shots
30 Double-Unders

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