Strange title for an exercise article, possibly. However there are some workouts that won’t get you any significant results if you want to tone.
Working one muscle at a time will not maximise your calorie burn, nor will it build significant muscle.
Here are 5 big mistakes to avoid if you’re looking for tone and definition:
1. Using Machines only at the Gym
Sitting down at the gym machine may look like a good idea but don’t rely on them solely. The problem with these machines is they restrict the way your body moves. Because they limit the amount you move you don’t activate fully all of your muscle fibres. Machines can also put excessive strain on your joints which can lead to injuries.
2. Extended Cardio Sessions
Cardio will help you burn fat and lose the weight but if you keep going then you’ll find you have little to show for it except a tired body. Cardio will keep you lean, but when it comes to definition then you need to focus on more strength work.
3. Crunching and Sitting-Up for Abs
If you’re trying to sculpt yourself a washboard stomach and you’re after a six pack – then forget crunching and sitting-up. Strangely any traditional ab exercises won’t get you the six-pack you’re after. The key is to burn off the stubborn layer of fat that covers the abs!
4. Repeating the Same Workouts
We like to get into our comfort zones, but where exercising is concerned repeating the same thing over and over is a bad idea. As soon as your body gets used to an exercise you stop seeing results, so to start seeing progress you need to start changing up your routine.
5. Labouring over Long Workouts
Long workouts won’t get you better results. When it comes to sculpting a defined body quality is far better than quantity. This is why HIIT and Tabata training has such good results – quick bursts of high intensity are far better than long drawn out workouts.