I see it all over the gym when the summer months hit, massive guys curling light weights doing 15-30 reps claiming they toning and shaping their biceps. They walk around telling little guys this is how to increase muscle tone.

This is one of the most common misconceptions when it comes to bodybuilding and fitness. Let me say this once; You cannot target fat loss from a specific area on your body by doing countless reps with light weight.Performing bicep curls will not burn fat from your biceps, just as performing crunches will not give you a flat, ripped midsection. Getting ripped is all about nutrition and cardiovascular exercise . Think about it, if you constantly work out abs and want that defined midsection and are constantly eating hamburgers, hot dogs and potato chips, you are basically negating the effects of the workout! This is a simple analogy to follow through. Think of it like this; you are working hard to construct a building in the desert and everyday a huge sandstorm comes in covering up the building. You’re just covering up the abs that you are working out with a layer of fat.  If you eat junk, you’re going to look like junk, simple as that. You are what you eat.

The bottom line is this: Lifting weights builds muscles and performing cardiovascular activities like jogging, biking, etc burns fat. So if you want to get ripped and defined, just focus on doing activities to lower the body fat percentage and I promise you will reveal the lean muscle underneath. Stop wasting your valuable time in the gym doing  high reps with light weights.

Just wanted to answer a quick question about light weight training to get ripped.  So once again to make it clear; manipulating the amount of weight you lift or the number of reps you perform with a given weight will not magically cause your body to melt fat away from a specific area you are training. You cannot increase muscle tone that way.

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John

John considers himself as a fitness enthusiast who loves to do anything to keep the body in peak physical performance (much like a highly tuned machine). He mainly focuses on sports nutrition and supplement research, but is also highly knowledgeable in relation to muscle growth and fat loss. He's helped numerous people over the years achieve the body that they've always wanted and hopes his information will guide you to the goals you want.

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