F & F: Definition
Every new female client that comes in to see me always tells me the same thing (in one way or another):
“I want to tone up and be defined. I don’t want to look like a bodybuilder.”
The thing is about this above statement is this: if you are a female there is nothing a trainer can do to make you look like a bodybuilder when they are taking a natural approach to training you. If, on the other hand, they take an unnatural approach say they introduce steroids or any other performance enhancement drug then yes, depending on the drug the client is taking, you will look like a bodybuilder.
Chemically, men and women are very different. Men produce more testosterone than women. Women produce more estrogen than men. What does this mean? Simple. Men grow muscles differently than women. You can change this but it has to be done artificially with drugs or with food. Now there are other chemical factors that have to come into play with muscular development to which I am not qualified to make a comment on because my speciality is not biochemistry and muscle development, my speciality is on structure (which is talked about in the next paragraph)
Structurally, men and women are again different. Men have broader shoulders than women, and women have larger hip span than men. What does this mean? Men will have a tendency to have greater upper body strength and development than women, and women will have a tendency to have greater lower body strength and development. Now this does not mean that men will be, by nature, have weaker legs, or women will have weaker upper body it just means that men will develop muscles differently than women and vis a versa. This is all based off of how the structure (your bones) are set up, and nothing more.
So, definition is simply muscular development and the reduction of sub dermal fat stores. If you are like me and you enjoy lifting heavy (heavy for you) then lift heavy, or maybe you enjoy a group setting, or maybe you enjoy running, cycling, swimming, HIIT, CrossFit, or whatever. As Nike would put it: “Just Do It.” Don’t be afraid to experiment with other modalities as well, just be careful you exercise with care and attention to your detail so you don’t hurt yourself.
If you want an edge over your competition or friends, or family come on in and let’s take a look at what is going on on a structural level so we can fine tune your workouts and give you that “definition” that you are looking for.