The one word that absolutely drives me crazy; the one word that is so overused and misused; the one word that I hear almost everyday at the gym is “toned.”
“I’m not trying to get big and bulky. I just want to get toned.”
About 80% of the people that have said that word to me in a conversation thought that the key to getting “toned” was to do light weight with high reps, complemented with tons of ab work.
If I ever take over the world I’m banning the use of that word forever. It’s just been used incorrectly so many times in articles and on tv that it acts as total misinformation now.[/quote]
Toned actually does not bother me. Yes, it is used incorrectly. Techincally, tone refers to muscle tonus, the degree to which a muscle is contracted at rest. But EVERYONE understands what someone means when they use it in the vernacular, particularly women. And it’s a helluva lot shorter than describing what it conveys. Toned means reasonably lean with some but not significant muscular development. No striations, some visible muscle definition, but little separation. Retain a modicum of softness. Basically, the look that Sexy Female Training is designed to achieve. A woman can say, “I would like to develop some but not significant muscular development, obtain a reasonable level of leanness. I don’t wan’t striations. I want some visible muscle definition but little separation. I’d like to retain a modicum of softness.” OR, she can say, I’d like to get toned.