The answer is definitely YES!
How many people have you heard say ‘I really want to get more toned’? You have probably even said it yourself at some point (especially if you are a woman!) Now here’s the funny thing, the same people then go on a treadmill (or another piece of cardio equipment) every time they work out. Now, I don’t want to discourage anyone from exercising or doing cardiovascular exercise but I do need to tell you something.. That’s not going to tone your body!!
When people refer to wanting to ‘tone’ their body, they usually mean they want to get more definition and firmer muscles.
Plenty of people, especially women, avoid resistance training like the plague, either because they think they’ll gain weight or because they like cardio better. But weight training has a number of benefits such as:
- It builds lean muscle tissue
- It strengthens muscles, bones and connective tissue
- It keeps your body strong and injury-free for your cardio workouts
- It raises metabolism (which means you will burn more calories!)
The key to getting a toned body is that you need to be able to see the muscle. Therefore, if you have too much excess fat over the muscle then you won’t look toned. As mentioned, resistance training is great for burning calories and reducing body fat and cardio is also very good for burning calories and body fat. Conclusion!.. Do a combination of cardio and resistance training exercises.
For many people, walking into a weights gym can be quite daunting. Most gyms have fitness professions that can show you how to use the equipment or better yet, write you a program and show you how to use each piece of equipment correctly. If you feel as though you need more support or enjoy training with someone one on one, then maybe personal training sessions would be best for you. Many gyms also have some great resistance training classes available, for example, BODYPUMP and BODYBAR. The most important thing is to get started!
Quick Tip!.. If you have run on a treadmill or done aerobics classes for years and haven’t got the toned body you want then you need to change what you are doing. For many people, resistance training is the answer!
Check out this video of a BODYPUMP class for a perfect example of how you can incorporate resistance training into your workout!