Bulking vs. Toning – Which is Right for You?

Weightlifting routines can help you trim down, tone up, and build strength. A personal trainer that has completed and received their weight training certification can help you create a fitness plan and routine that is individualized for you to help you achieve your personal fitness goals.

Bulking up is building muscle. This is done by increasing the number of clean calories you put into your body to support the weight training and to add muscle, not fat. Bulking up requires a lot of extra protein intake to help feed those muscles. A nutritionist and dietitian can both help you learn how to count calories, figure out your macros, and create an eating plan to maximize your training. When you bulk up, you use heavier weights than you would for simply health benefits. The heavier weights with higher protein and higher calorie intake create that muscle growth that bodybuilders want. 

Toning does not have the same nutritional limitations that bulking up has. Many health clubs will offer weight training for weight loss programs that help clients tone up and get fit. Toning uses lighter weights and can use higher reps to work muscles to fatigue. Toning can help slim you down since muscle takes up less space than fat in the body. Using weights to help tone up can be beneficial to weight loss programs because more muscle means more calories burned. When you have a higher percentage of muscle, the body continues to burn calories, even when you are not working out.  

You can use a variety of different things to help tone up. In addition to traditional barbells and dumbbells, you can use an abs ball, balance ball, resistance bands, and even your own body weight for resistance. You can also tone up in a variety of different settings. You can work out at home, at a gym or private studio, at a corporate fitness facility, online with an online trainer, or even a group fitness class in the pool. There are many methods to bulking up and toning up. Working with a fitness coach or personal trainer who has a background with resistance training can help you identify realistic goals and create a reasonable fitness plan with support to get there!  

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