My personal definition of Toning,

off the top of my head:

Toning – 2 to 4 decades ago, most women (excluding myself) saw no purpose in lifting actual weights because women did not want BIG muscles. Lifting weights was not popular amongst women or the average man, for that matter. The term toning is what women called working out to be toned; before that, it was called just…exercising. Toning is what the average woman would do to get in or stay in shape. Toning utilizes lighter weights, if any, with much higher repetitions for shaping the entire body as a whole. This may include Aerobic classes, Yoga, Pilates classes, Judo or Taekwondo, and finally, kickboxing in the past few decades. When I notice any man or woman in the gym moving quickly between repetitions as if they are in a race to finish, I think of that as Toning. I would bet they do not even know what body part they are working on or care about. Many may be going through the motions to say to themselves or others, “I worked out in the gym today.” Little do they know, using a better form and slowing down their repetitions would expedite their results and help avoid injuries and training plateaus.

What is BodyShaping?

My Definition

BodyShaping is a term often used in the fitness industry. The term BodyShaping for some, referred to Toning unless they were a fitness enthusiast.  Its origin resulted from ESPN launching a TV Show in the 1980s that lasted for over a decade. It also marked the period where I trained and competed in Bodybuilding competitions as an amateur and national competitor, turning an I.F.B.B. Pro.  In 1996. BodyShaping isolates each muscle group individually by incorporating a wider variety of exercises for each with less downtime between sets thank toning.

What is the difference between A BodyBuilder & A BodyShaper?

In my experience and through my eyes

BodyBuilders share with BodyShapers many training methods and techniques. The main difference is that they have a deliberate plan of attack when they enter the gym. A BodyBuilder may train more days per week, even during their off-season. Each workout may last anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes. BodyBuilders may do anywhere from 3-6 exercises per body part during each session, training anywhere from 4-7 days per week, alternating body parts.

A BodyShaper may focus on 1-3 exercises per body part, per session, training anywhere from 2-4 days per week. A focused and purposeful BodyShaper training 3 days per week, training the entire body during each session may train anywhere from  60 – 90 minutes per workout at a fast pace. Workouts may or may not have a plan of attack. Unless with a trainer, many choose to wing it, choosing whichever equipment is available.

Regardless of the goal is tone, BodyShape, or BodyBuild, a shared training method by anyone who lifts weights is to super-set exercises. This means: no rest between sets, which saves time, adds variety, and burns more calories during each training session.

Back in the ’70s and ’80s, no one had knowledge that we were all using poor form.  The painful aftermath and irreversible damage caused by consistently modifying exercises were yet to be experienced.

Today BodyShapers have far more knowledge regarding working out. However, nothing can compare to a bodybuilder’s wealth of knowledge and ability to demonstrate nearly exercise with noticeably precise form. Bodybuilders know to the T exactly which portion of a muscle they are isolating. Their workouts have the most variety and train with a plan of attack.

Stay tuned…Next week when I will go into more detail when talking about BodyShaping and BodyBuilding when I compare them to Strength Training and Powerlifting.

The information in my blog posts contains my personal definitions and opinions.