Are you training OR working out ?
Believe it or not there is a difference between these two terms. If you are going into the gym with goals, intentions, and purpose, chances are you are training. However, there are many people that are just concerned with moving around a bit to become healthier versions of themselves.
Why is this important? You should know your goals. If your goals align with your training, nutrition, and lifestyle, you will be more likely to stick to it and be successful Training usually requires you to have a plan of what you are going to do in the gym and how you are going to move forward. Knowing where you are going helps create the path to get there.
If you desire to see a significant or specific result carry over into your life, you need more than activity or exercise. You need a destination, and "healthy" and "strong" aren't specific enough. You need a strong sense of your goal to accomplish!
Training has smaller more specific goals. The activities, loads, and frequencies you use are vital. You do what you need to do, not just what you want to do.Have you been doing the same thing week-in and week-out, with no progression in mind? It may be fun, and it may get you some results, but it's not training. It doesn't matter if you're doing cycling, Crossfit, weight training, or running. If there aren't specific, smaller goals that fit into a larger progression, refer to it as exercise.
Here is the BIG one, training focuses on your weaknesses ! Yes, many times I have things programmed for my clients that I know will make them better athletes but they would not choose to do it themselves! Can you say doing a 1 mile run then 100 burpees for your conditioning work ? NO ONE would just say yes on their own. Which is also why people hire trainers to help them reach their goals. You see, a trainer will push you to be better and overreach what YOU thought you couldn't do.
Carry over is also important when you are training. You don;t want to be doing exercises that don't have any rhyme or reason for what you are doing. For example, if you are doing total body workouts constantly but want to be a bodybuilder, it might not lead you to the isolation movement results you are looking for. Don't worry I got stuck in this pattern too! I tried to do too much and it didn't all carry over into the sport that I wanted to compete in. This is where you need to make a decision about what direction you want to be in!
Last but not least is progression. You want to be progressive in your training, Are you doing work that is measurable? Can you see your progression when you are tracking your training? Are you even tracking your training? These are things that do have an impact on what your goals are. IF you are looking to train for something, you will want to track your workouts, weight lifted and progress achieved ! Use a small notebook and keep track of your training.
Do you need help with your training plan? Let me know and let's set one up for you so you can TRAIN for your goals !