Do I have to go to the gym to increase muscle tone?

May 14, 2019
Cecilia Harris

Short answer – no. You don’t have to attend a shiny gym to increase your muscle tone. But there is no excuse for not building muscle. Here are 5 tips on how to tone up your bod without having to go to the gym:


1) Invest just a little bit 💰

We’d be lying if we said building muscle without lifting weights was easy. Resistance training and heavy weightlifting put's you on that fast track to building muscle. Because of this, we recommend making a couple of small and simple purchases like getting a set of dumbbells, kettlebell, or a band. Or get your own resistance band that will really test your muscles and really works them harder.  Need equipment? Click here to get yours   👈🏽


2) Move ya body 💃🏽

Sometimes we forget just how useful our body weight is when it comes to lifting. You don’t even need any special equipment. Just your body – which you’ll have for life! And they’ll help you build and tone muscle – simple.


Here are some of the most effective bodyweight exercises:

  • Squats & lunges: Our favourites to build the booty and great for improving core strength and balance.

  • Push ups: This classic move is the God of helping to strengthen your core and build muscle in your upper body.
  • Tricep dips: Got a chair or a bench? Even your sofa? Then you can do tricep dips. They are ideal for building upper body muscle mass also.



Go for the ab workouts! Your abs are one of the few muscles that does well without weight training. Exercises like crunches, planks, and oblique twits are all performed with your body weight and gravity to build the core. That’s all you need.


4) Feed your muscles 🍽

A huge part of muscle building and toning is what you eat. You need a surplus of healthy, nutrient-rich calories to fuel your muscles. Go for proteins like eggs, chicken & quinoa to feed, feed, feed.


5) Try not to overdo the cardio 💦

Cardio is amazing for burning fat and calories, but when you’re trying to build muscles you need enough fuel to do so. Stick to 2-4 days of about 30 mins of cardio.



Although we love our bodyweight exercises, resistance training is going to give you more muscle mass over a longer period of time. This is because you need progressive overload for maximum muscle gain. Basically, you need to challenge your body every now and then. Although body weight exercises are a fantastic place to start and improve your training, it’s good to push your muscles a little more with alternative versions.


👉🏽 So yes, it is 100% possible to build muscle without going to a gym! All you need to do is grab some weights, get started on my free trial to access over 1000+ workouts and start get that muscle toning! 💪🏼💦 It's easy to use and specially designed to use all from the comfort of your own home. Click here to get started on your free trial 👈🏽

Cecilia Harris
Founder & Head PT

Cecilia is the co-founder of Results with Lucy and face of Results with Cecilia.

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  • Sara September 19, 2019

    The results from the RwL fitties are so amazing – just goes to show you don’t need the gym to workout!

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