Lean is one of those buzzwords you’ve probably read a hundred times in magazines just like ours. Often seen as the more preferable and achievable option, many a gay man will tell their PT that they want to get lean rather than bulk up. But is getting lean easier than getting bulky? And is it actually a better option?
How do I get lean?
This is different for all of us. For those tall and skinny boys out there, your body fat is already very low, so you’ll need to work on increasing your muscle size in order to seem toned. Those less tall and less skinny boys out there (myself included) could well have bigger muscles, but that often comes with more body fat covering them up. Therefore, we need to strip away some of that fat and keep our muscles big at the same time in order to seem toned.
“In physiology, medicine and anatomy, muscle tone (residual muscle tension or tonus) is the continuous and passive partial contraction of the muscles or the muscle’s resistance to passive stretch during resting state.” – Wikipedia (as reliable a source as you can find online)
In words that we can all understand, muscle tone is your muscles’ ability to look and feel tight when they are in their normal, unflexed state.
Being toned vs being bulky
Not only is being toned a sexy look, it also serves an important purpose for your health. Being toned helps to improve your posture and keeps your muscles primed for sudden activity. HOWEVER, what you need to remember is…
Muscle Is Muscle!!!
You have probably seen workouts that offer to help you build lean muscle fast, but the truth of the matter is muscle is muscle. There are no different types of muscle densities or textures. It’s just how much you have of it and how much body fat you have over it that creates the look of being lean and toned or big and bulky.
What is the difference between lean muscle and bulky muscle?
So, to clarify, “toning up” and “getting lean” still involves muscle building, however, muscle building isn’t necessarily toning. Everyone has muscles, everyone has pecs and a six-pack, it’s just that very few of us have a visible six-pack. This is because our muscles are covered up by body fat, and it’s all about getting that magic ratio where your body fat is low enough and your muscles are big enough to be pronounced.
Gay Personal Trainers
So whether you want to get lean or bulky, why not get yourself a gay personal trainer. They can design a training and nutrition program to suit your individual needs, and be on hand to help coach you towards your goals.
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