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Violent Volume 07-29-2010 10:28 AM

I hate toned
The word toned angers me. Every time I read it I want to vomit.

"How can I get toned? I don't want to build too much muscle, I just want to get toned."

O rly? Look in the mirror first. You need about 15 pounds of muscle just so you don't look like a sack of goo. Reading between the lines it seems you really just don't want to train hard. You want a magic diet and fast results without the hard work.

Toned is a code word for "how do I look good without working hard?"

I JUST want to tone. I don't want all that exercise. I JUST WANT TO TONE!

ElementalVirago 07-29-2010 10:38 AM

YES! Thank you. My fiancee is always at me about this. "Why do you gotta lift so heavy? Just lift lighter and you'll get toned up." And yes, I have a friend who doesn't want to lift heavy because "it's too much work", so he just does higher reps with low weights so he can "tone".

Trevor Lane 07-29-2010 10:42 AM


BendtheBar 07-29-2010 10:56 AM

9 times out of 10, when I see a question with the word "toned" in it, it includes the word "just".

Just says this to me..."Please, I don't want a complicated diet approach, or hard training approach. I just want to eat a McDonald's salad for lunch, have a reasonable dinner, do a circuit machine workout, cardio 3 times a week, and get abs or bunz of steel."

ElementalVirago 07-29-2010 10:59 AM

Yes. "I don't want to have to sweat or make weird noises or put myself through any type of disciplined exhertion of any kind. I just want to be able to use those little pink dumbbells so that I can fool people (and myself) into thinking I'm actually getting any benefit from this, and also look really cute in the process."

ElementalVirago 07-29-2010 11:04 AM

Interesting to note that the physiological definition of "toned" is as follows:

a. the normal state of tension or responsiveness of the organs or tissues of the body.
b. that state of the body or of an organ in which all its functions are performed with healthy vigor.
c. normal sensitivity to stimulation.

So, unless someone was previously in a vegetative or immobilized state where their muscles atrophied, they are already "toned".

BendtheBar 07-29-2010 11:05 AM

Just is a code word for lazy people. I include myself in this discussion. I use just when I want a solution without having to work.

For me just really means I just want to get this over with.

BendtheBar 07-29-2010 11:06 AM


Originally Posted by ElementalVirago (Post 72477)

So, unless someone was previously in a vegetative or immobilized state where their muscles atrophied, they are already "toned".

That gave me a LOL.

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