I wanted to use this post to highlight something quite misleading in the fitness industry.
Are any of the words listed at the top actually different? Or are they all fancy synonyms for the same process?
What I find difficult, is the clientele they attract.
My female clients usually lean towards ‘toning’ and ‘sculpting’ because of the worry of getting too big - whereas my male clients will lean towards the latter, mainly for the opposite reason.
What is interesting, is they both follow EXACTLY the same process:
The breakdown and repair of muscle fibres.
Just because you’re ‘bodybuilding’ - doesn’t mean you WILL get massive. And just because you’re ‘toning’ it doesn’t mean you WONT build muscle.
Simple as that!
Why am I nitpicking at this?
Because a lot of the time, these words create an ideology. That certain types of training are only for men or women etc. When in reality, they’re just different branches of the same tree.
I want people to understand that it’s the factors that stem off this that guide your training.
- Your nutrition (bulk, cut, maintenance, performance)
- Your aerobic capacity or ‘engine’ work
- Your TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure)
- The frequency at which you train
- The intensity at which you train
- How you utilise tempo training
The list goes on!
So, understand that these processes are the same - and find out the ways in which you can make these work better for your goals.