Toning Up

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    Nov 27, 2008 2:44 PM GMT
    So I'm new to the whole working out thing and I feel like i'm not seeing results at the gym because i don't have a steady work out schedule.

    So, my fellow RJieans, what would be an ideal work out for me for toning up? I feel like if i know specifics and focus on a group or something one day and then a different group the next, it would help.

    And do I have to stick to a diet or not?
    Thanks for you help!
  • GQjock

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    Nov 27, 2008 5:31 PM GMT
    Depends on what your idea is for toning up... what does that mean to you?

    You want to just get lean or do you want to add some muscle weight
    Because they will require two different scenarios

    To get leaner get yourself on a three day a week cardio schedule
    run bike treadmill stairmaster
    and 2 days get into a gym whenever you can

    It's the other way round for adding muscle
    4 days in the gym
    and one with cardio

    .................... oh, and yes you do have to have a good diet in place
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    Nov 27, 2008 8:07 PM GMT
    Taking a total stab in the dark here, I'm guessing that by 'toning up' you really mean keeping your already (I'm assuming) lean build, and getting a bit more muscle definition.

    Judging by your posted weight, and the few pictures that provide any hints, I'm guessing you don't have much muscle right now, so there's not much to work with in terms of toning up.

    Keep in mind I'm not judging you at all, just trying to figure out what you mean.

    Assuming that I'm right, you should probably, for the moment, just focus on what you want to see.

    Want bigger, more noticeable, toned arms? Do bicep and tricep weight exercises two or three times a week. Want a bigger, more defined chest? Focus on chest exercises twice a week. Want a bigger back? Want bigger thighs? All the same. Just focus on working those out in the gym, but try for twice a week.

    If all you want is certain muscle groups to improve, but still want to work on everything else, go on and do a search for exercises for the body part you really care about. There will definitely be a bunch of routines balanced to get that one part to grow, but still maintain strength in other areas.

    You're probably young enough that your metabolism is fired up. Unless you're noticeably putting on weight with what you're eating right now, you probably don't need to worry about changing your diet. Unless you want abs, and you don't already have them. If that's the case, diet matters, a lot. But if that's what you want, create a new thread asking everyone how to get abs.

    Keep in mind I'm not a trainer, so take what I say with a big grain of salt.

    Based on your current build and weight, I would really guess that you just need to work a lot harder and with a lot more intensity to get what you want. Assuming I was right in guessing what you want.

    Another approach (just to make this a really long winded reply) would be to hire a decent (expensive) trainer for a couple of hours, just to give you a reality check on how hard you should be working, and what types of things you should be doing.
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    Dec 01, 2008 3:23 AM GMT
    Dude... I'm only saying this because I know you personally. I would focus on upping your caloric intake first (you're a bit slender) and working at increasing weight while you're doing so.
  • gymhead_anony...

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    Dec 01, 2008 3:35 AM GMT
    I agree. I was a scrawny 121 now im a healthy 140 and still trying to put on weight. But I'm more cut and defined than ever before. I think it is good to increase your calorie intake. The more calories the more weight you put on. Mine fluctuates though because I dance (which means a lot of cardio) but I also weight lift so I can keep the weight on. Supplements work too but you have to have some kind of knowledge on how you use it.