For those of you who don’t know what a defined body is, it's not the same as being toned. Toned is one way of being defined. Having a defined body is where you can separate your muscle groups, giving your limbs a look that you would find in a neatly drawn anatomy book. It takes a long time to get a defined body and with good reason. Our muscles like to clump together. When we exert energy, tiny rips occur in our muscles. Over these rips, scar tissue tends to linger. This tightens our muscles together and prevents them from separating. To avoid all of this, let’s take a look at what you can do.

How To Achieve A Defined Body: Persistence, Lifestyle & Form* 

The key ingredient

The very first thing you need is persistence. On your journey to achieving the body you have always dreamed about, you will face many hurdles. You’ll question your knowledge about exercises, your ability to endure pain, your commitment to the task, and your physical strength matching your ambition. Don’t worry, this is completely normal. Having persistence is in itself, a skill that you earn over time. All you need to do is to limit your exercises to the point where you are not facing a daunting mental challenge every time you want to work out. Limit your reps and sets, in an effort to just get you up in the morning and put on your workout clothes without dread.

How long?

You’re probably wondering, how long will it take to get a defined or ripped body? Here on, you can see that it's different for every single person. It matters what your body fat index is, if we want to know where to begin. Pinch plump parts of your body with your thumb and index finger. Don’t pinch too hard. Try to feel how thick it is. If it seems hard, you may need to focus on cardio before weight training. If it's soft, you can mix aerobics with some lightweight lifting exercises. It will take time to cut down your body fat until you feel light, strong and with plenty of endurance. Do not fall for ‘great abs in 30 days’ fads. They’re complete nonsense. It will take time, but that just means fitness will become a lifestyle change that you need.

Focus on form

Don’t count your reps, make your reps count! Doing fast press-ups and sit-ups isn’t going to help as much, as slow controlled reps with great form. To get a defined body, you will do squats, press-ups, planks, and sit-ups etc. Each rep has to be controlled so your muscles get a good extension and contraction. The peak of each is where the muscle is made and the fat is burned. So focus on eccentric and concentric contractions. Just 1-inch either way will make all the difference.

A defined body is a symbol of your hard work and dedication. It's going to be a tough but exciting journey. All you need to focus on is your persistence, form and slow but steady weight loss.
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