I need to get one thing out of the way. Technically, there’s no such thing as “toning.” Muscle tone has to do with passive muscular activity. But since that’s the science-based definition, and we’re not scientists, who cares? When I say “toned,” you know what I mean.
I’m a huge advocate of women throwing some plates on the bar. Unfortunately, as long as there are a handful of women out there with physiques that rival male bodybuilders, women will always have a body they’re afraid to get–because it does exist.