Bulk Up or Tone- What is the Difference?

Yes this is a common question, we all want to know what is the difference between Muscle Toning and Muscle Building.


The word tone simply describes the state of your muscles. When at rest, your muscles are in a constant state of partial contraction in order to be ready for action. The ‘tone’ of your muscles is involuntary, so you can’t change it by lifting weights a certain way. When most people say that they want to “tone up,” what they usually mean is that they want to become leaner. Basically, they want to lose fat, and add a little muscle definition—but not so much muscle mass that they look like a bodybuilder (much more on that later).


When you think of muscle bulking, you might think of huge bodybuilders lifting heavy weights in a gym. However, if you want to increase the size of your chest, you don’t have to move into the gym and drink protein shakes all day. Like toning, muscle bulking requires strength gains, but from newly grown muscle fibers. You have to stimulate your muscles to grow additional fibers with a proper diet full of fresh foods, six to eight hours of sleep every night and a resistance training routine that targets the specific muscles you want to increase. Bulk up by thoroughly training each of these muscle groups twice per week.

By Swetha Jairam


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