We’ve gotten used to seeing images of fitness models all over social media showcasing what society calls an ‘ideal body.’ At some point or another, we’ve all wanted those perfect abs, sculpted shoulders and toned legs, so it’s reasonable that we look up to such individuals for fitness inspiration. However, if you and I were to engage in a conversation and I said that I wanted toned arms, what would you imagine I meant? Is my idea of having toned arms the same as yours? Probably not.
What most people fail to realize is that there isn’t a specific standard for an ideal body. What I perceive as the perfect body might simply be average in your point of view.
Where I’m getting at, is that nobody has the same fitness goals. Some people want to grow muscle and become shredded, while others simply want to fit in the size four blue jeans they bought a few years ago. Everyone’s ultimate goal is different.
In my case, my exercise regimen revolves around lifting weights instead of doing cardio. Why? Because I’m working towards a toned and curvy body. I love seeing the definition of my muscles whenever I flex, but I don’t want to be muscular to the point where I don’t feel feminine anymore.
Therefore, I tend to work my upper body four times a week, my legs twice a week and do a bit of cardio and abs on the day I have left. I vary my workouts between 1) heavy weights and low reps and 2) light weights and high reps depending on my body’s response to my exercise routine. For example, I’ve noticed that I’m extremely quad dominant, so whenever I work legs I can only do one day of heavy squats or else my quads won’t fit into my jeans. Due to that issue, I also emphasize my hamstrings a bit more than my quads, because that’s where I need the extra effort.
It’s all about knowing what works for you and what you want to look like.
I’ve met plenty of girls who think that having abs is “gross,” and I’ve also met numerous others who would love to have a six pack to show off at the beach. Let me assure you that both opinions are valid. To each it’s own. So, don’t let your friends, social media or society dictate how you should look.
If you want to be tall and skinny with no muscle, great! If you want to be a walking version of Aaron Schwarzenegger, great! As long as you’re confident in your own skin, whatever you want is fine.