Training or Just Working Out?

Victor Williams

September 9, 2020

Do you know the difference between “working out,” and “training”? If not, here‘s a little food for thought:

Why those exercises?
Why that amount of sets and reps and when is the last time that you made adjustments to that, other than simply doing more?
How will this plan help you achieve your goals?

Quick aside - whether or not these goals are realistic and how to set the right goals is an entirely different conversation!

If you can’t answer these questions clearly and with reason, you are just working out. But that’s okay, right? As long as you are doing SOMETHING, you are taking steps toward living a healthier lifestyle, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Being that you have most likely started exercising to achieve a specific goal, your exercise selection, rep/set ranges, intensity levels and speed of movement should all align with what you’re trying to accomplish - this is training.

In my experience, most people are unsure how to choose/adjust the right acute variables in order to achieve their intended result. And that’s a major problem. Doing something to just be doing something is certainly a commendable idea and a great way to take initiative, however, this is also a great way to over-rep yourself into an injury, plateau fairly quickly or to see different results than expected.

***In short, the difference is that training incorporates intention and proven scientific methods to help you take steps forward while minimizing injury risk.***

Now that you know the difference, which are you doing - training or just working out?