Isometric Training for Toning is always a term that causes me to contract me traps in a tiny bit of irritation. Toning, I simply hate that term, as it relates to fitness. You have musical tone, but muscle tone ….well…. and I do confess, more often than not it is my female clients that simply say they just want to tone up. In this article I shall explain what it means to “tone” and why trying to tone without muscle is like trying to breathe without air! ;-)
Isometric Training for Toning is the most effective way to get the results most want, when they say toning, but what does toning mean. When I ask clients what it is they mean by toning, they often say, they want firm smooth arms, or legs, a pert bum and a flat waist but they strenuously insist they don’t want to put on muscle.
However it is IMPOSSIBLE to achieve “tone” without MUSCLE. It’s the very same thing. Ultimately all tone is, is a low body fat to high muscle ratio. That’s it. The lower your body fat is the less tissue is obscuring the view of your muscle. Of course you need a certain amount of dense firm muscle to create the appearance of firm muscle. It’s no good simply being skinny – because without muscle tissue you’ll be skinny and lose and flabby at the same time.
Of course the best way to achieve low body fat is by building muscle. It’s the long term solution. The more lean muscle tissue you have the more metabolically active tissue you have. Keep in mind it takes just 3 kcals to maintain each pound of fat on your body. That’s just 1 and a half tic-tacs. In contrast it takes 50-75 kcals to keep a pound of muscle on the body- that’s not even using it, just keeping it there. The metabolic expense of using your muscles obviously depends on the activity you’re engaged in and its intensity.
Which again leads us on to the choice of Isometric Training for Toning. Toning exercises will certainly help you get the figure that you’ve always wanted. If you’re interested in adding some curves to a smaller frame, or adding mass to create a better shape, isometric strength training can help you in that way. In either case, you need to learn about ways to make toning exercises work well for you.
Of course finding a training routine that works for you can often be half the battle, and that’s just the beginning of the process. With many exercises you have to learn complicated movements that can lead to injury. With isometric training for toning there is no movement, nothing complicated to learn at all. So you can quickly master the form and move to rapidly building the intensity that will produce superior results.
All too often people are given workouts in which they fail to target the muscles they need help toning and as result they may not get the benefits they want. Instead they just waste time and energy. Effective toning has to be result focused. That means each effort you apply should directly stimulate the area you’re supposed to be working and producing the toning effects you seek. Again, this is the great advantage of isometrics.
Using isometrics you directly specify the muscle you’re working – there’s no movement so all you have to concentrate is that specific muscle. And the results are immediate. Upon finishing just 7-12 seconds of isometric tension on that goal muscle it will feel firmer and tighter than before. You can test this for yourself with the free isometric exercises I teach – here.
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