You need to get in the weight room
I wasn't building the muscle I needed to get the physique I dreamed of.
When you say you want to look toned, you know you're really talking about muscle right?
Muscle is firm and shapely. Fat is soft, wobbly and full of dimples.
So the toned look you want is really muscle. By building muscle and burning off the fat that covers your muscle you will get the look you desire.
Building muscle means training with weights. Weight training for fat loss is vital.
Barbells, dumbells, kettlebells, weight machines, even body weight, whatever you fancy. Just make sure you get resistance training into your plan.
It does have to be a serious weight training session though. Not the token gesture that I used to do.
Make sure the weight is heavy enough so that 12 reps are tough. You should be getting between 8-12 reps and if you get more, crank the weight up a touch.
So can body weight really be enough?
Any body weight exercise can be made tougher if you find 12 reps too easy. Slowing down the reps, single limbed versions, squats or push ups, raising your feet. All ways to make those 12 reps really sting.