There is a big misconception in the fitness industry at the moment when it comes to “toning”. I receive a lot of questions from girls wanting to lose fat and tone up, but they don’t want to get bulky and build muscle – this always confuses me since it’s difficult to have one without the other. First things first; toning is a combination of losing fat and building lean muscle to improve your muscle definition. However, you also need to realise that fat and muscle have another secret relationship.

Building lean muscle helps you to burn fat as muscle is more metabolically active – this means, the more lean muscle you build, the more fat you’re going to burn! So, now that we’ve united fat loss, toning and building lean muscle, let’s look at how we go about it.