The illusion of being “toned”

This post isn’t about whether you like one side or the other. This post is about the misconceptions of what being “pumped”, “ripped” or whatever you want to call it looks like. 

Same person. In one photo relaxed with her dad. Other photo pumping iron, flexed, with lighting and a filter. 

The lean and “toned” body that many females aspire to when they see it in a dress, actually looks a lot more “manly” (as some people who don’t get how it works would say) when pumped. 

Want to look toned?

Increase your muscle (perhaps not as much as the pro CrossFitter pictured if that’s not to your taste) and reduce your body fat. 


Get your heart rate up high most days. Do some resistance training. Manage your nutrition accordingly. Make sure you’re progressing. 

Image credit: Henry House and Kelley Jackson

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Danny Sroda
Danny Sroda is a Personal Trainer based in Birstall, serving Leeds and Bradford.

As the owner and lead trainer at Reach Personal Training, I am responsible for the philosophy of the business and overseeing client programmes.

My mission is for Reach Personal Training to be synonymous with a long-term, real-life approach to health and fitness. We help our clients to integrate health and fitness into their busy lives. We don't do fads. We don't do crash diets. We do "Fitness For Life".

I have a family. I’ve always worked (and not always in the fitness industry). I have housework and shopping to do. I have a REAL life. So I know what it takes to balance a real life with a sustainable approach to health and fitness.

If I can do it then anyone else can too. All you need is the desire to make eating healthily and keeping fit a priority in your life. An hour a day, thirty minutes a day, even fifteen minutes a day of exercise, supported with a healthy diet based on whole foods, is all it takes to make steady long-term progress towards looking and feeling fantastic.

I have a few simple values upon which I have built Reach Personal Training. Only personal trainers who share these values will be part of our team.

- Friendliness. Just be a genuinely nice person, it's dead simple and it's the best way to live. Smile as much as possible and try to see the best in every situation.

- No fads. No pseudoscience. My background in academia makes me question everything. There is so much nonsense in the fitness industry, mainly because some people are in it to make money so they'll believe anything and questioning it will mean they can't believe in the product. We are different. We do what works. We use science to create our programmes and we never put profit over effectiveness. You will NEVER find Herbalife or Forever Living in our studio!

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