Getting toned.


macrumors 68030
Original poster
Jun 25, 2007
St. Paul, Minnesota
Last year beginning of university as a freshman I was a 6'0 165 lanky dude, no muscle.

I began seriously lifting yada yada yada and am now 6'0 209 and decently sized, but want to start toning.

I go to the gym every other day to lift. I have begun doing more reps over doing more weight with my workouts, but I have a question.

Would it be good to, every other day, to do cardio instead of weight lifting?


Day 1: Lift
Day 2: Offday
Day 3: Cardio
Day 4: Offday
Day 5: Lift


I admittedly do not have much time to go to the gym everyday.


macrumors 6502
Jul 13, 2011
After I had my daughter a few months ago I was a woman posessed, but I lost 30lbs and am now 6lbs under my pre preggo weight and I did...

Cardio 3/4 times a week, for at least 30mins pref 1 hour. I did running and my rowing machine.

Free weights and resistance combined with squats 4 times a week.

I got the results I wanted but the results you get depend on which areas you focus on, for me it was all abs as i didn't put on weight anywhere else...


I just realized most of what I said will mean nada to you since you're a guy and won't be losing babyfat.

But it toned me :p


macrumors G3
Feb 26, 2011
New England, USA
I'm on the Golden Age Program:

1) lie down on the couch
2) get up to eat
3)lie down again
4)get up, mess about on the computer
5)lie down again
6)go to bed

Keeps me strong, toned, ripped, and cut up.

Some days I just rest, though.

:rolleyes: :D :p


macrumors 6502a
Sep 27, 2004
If you have time to hit the gym every day, I'd do lift / cardio / lift / cardio, etc. Or, if you don't have time to go every day, try to fit 30 min or so of cardio in before or after your weights.


Sep 19, 2011
Ohio, United States
Up your weight, lower your reps.
5x5s are ok, 4x8, pyramids -5-4-3-2-1 is good

Cut out the cardio based on your schedule.

Also, toning doesn't exist. It's just a buzzword that describes low body fat.


macrumors 68030
Aug 16, 2007
There's no such thing as "toned." There is only more or less muscle or more or less fat.

It sounds like you wanna reduce your body fat while maintaining the new muscle you built. A worthy goal, but not one that cardio is going to achieve for you. The leanest people in the world are bodybuilders, and they achieve that through diet. Look for a bodybuilder pre-competition diet, and follow it for a couple weeks and you should get what you want.