Tank tops, strapless dresses, short shorts, and bathing suits - these are the fashion staples of Summer. These flesh-baring getups could also be showing off your toned physique. If your muscles aren't yet popping like you hoped, here are some common reasons why your bod might not be looking buff.
- Lifting Baby Weights Won't Make Them Say "Whoa Baby" - Lifting a one-pound dumbbell isn't going to offer you the chiseled look you're after. The dumbbell you're lifting should fatigue your muscle after about 10 to 12 reps, without feeling strained. If you feel like you can do 60 side arms raises, it means you need to reach for a more heavier weight. Lifting heavier weights has also been proven to help you lose weight.
- One Day a Week Won't Cut It - If you're trying to look cut, you need to commit training. While doing push-ups and sit-ups once a week is better than nothing, to see some toning action, you'll have to devote at least two days a week (three is even better) to weight training. Sessions should be about 20 to 30 minutes.
- You Say Yes to Crunches and No to Squats -You want six-pack abs, so you focus on doing crunches. This makes sense, but even if toning one specific area is your goal, you've got to spend time strengthening all your major muscle groups. This will help increase your total lean muscle mass while decreasing body fat.
- You Throw in the Towel After a Few Reps - It's great that you're bench pressing 20 pounds. But if stop after a couple rep and don't feel your pecs fatiguing, then you're not challenging your muscles enough.
- You're Carrying Around Extra Fluff - All the crunches and bicep curls in the world won't matter a stitch if you have a layer of fat covering your sculpted muscles. Losing the extra pounds you're carrying around will reveal all the hard work you've done in the weight room.
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