Hi I'm 6ft 3in, around 12.5-13st.
I'm looking to get a muscular, toned look.
Also, 50 press ups (I'm on 48); 20 Chin ups (I'm on 8) and 10 Pull ups (I'm on 5)
(There's no real logic to this second set of goals; I just like goals and want to get stronger.)
I do weights a couple of times a week, interval running twice a week and I'm currently… er … 'greasing the groove' on a daily basis (ie doing low reps frequently on press ups, pull ups, chin ups) to try to bust a plateau.
I'm a vegetarian, but taking protein shakes.
My dilemma is, I'm getting pretty muscular. I don't really want to get more muscly, but I do want to gain more strength and work on the above targets and maintain my physique. (Later to lose a little fat and get toned look.) Is this possible to do without getting more bulky?
I understand the toned look is about fat loss.
Finally, my weights routine is in the lower rep range, heavier weights. Everywhere I read tells me that this is the only way and high reps will not give you the leaned toned (not bulky!) muscular look I'm after. However, this seems a bit of a paradox to my uninitiated mind. Surely the big bulky guys are doing low reps too, so what do I do differently to maintain lean (but strong) look.
Yes, I know – this is a stream of thoughts like a bad James Joyce novel and a tad unorganised.
Any thoughts are kindly received and appreciated.