TONE IS THE CONTEMPORARY FIT GOAL DU JOUR, BUT GETTING IT DEMANDS THE VERY MUSCLE GROWTH MANY WOMEN FEAR. REFINE YOUR FITNESS GOALS BY SORTING OUT WHAT YOU REALLY WANT.
When it comes to setting fitness goals, words can be as integral to success as action. In the strong-is-the-new-skinny era, toningis the holy grail (along with the tautological lean muscle’). Yet while we, the Western world’s like a bosswomen collective, wax lyrical about coveting tone, many of us are simultaneously terrified of what that really means. Personal trainer Alexa Towersey (alexatowersey.com) notes a common split between macro and micro thinking as the big picture granulates and the word muscle growthemerges. Women have always wanted to come train with me, but they are scared of putting on size, says Towersey, who has sculpted some of the world’s finest, firmest bodies, including Miss Universe winners and models.
I have to reassure them that the type of muscular development I achieved was not something that just happened over a few casual visits to the weights room. Serious muscular development requires loads of hard work, structured consistent programming and ideal lifestyle and nutrition, she says. For women, gaining more than a quarter of a kilo of muscle a month demands serious calorie -particularly protein – intake and pinpoint meal timing and workout protocols that make amateur weight workouts look like child’s play.
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