everyone especially if you are a motorsports athlete thats TRAINING.
One of my favorite topics to discuss and educate people about has been the difference between TRAINING and EXERCISE. You’re probably thinking, “Wait, what?? Isn’t exercise , training??” In this article, I’ll break down the difference between the 2
The #1 new years resolution usually has something fitness oriented. . “I’m gonna lose 20lbs!” “I’m gonna win a race!” “I want to run a marathon!” All of those plans are great and can be considered goals, so that is a step into the right direction for training. Others just start showing up to the gym and start pushing, pulling, lifting, running, jumping, throwing, etc. Those my friends, are the exercise people.
- Exercise is done to waste energy – burn calories – excess mental and physical energy, and tension. Training is done in order to improve something — strength, endurance, neuromuscular control, etc. Exercise is a singular event with an immediate goal.
- Training can only be judged by changes over time in performance. Exercise doesn’t have a point beyond the immediate session — if you leave the gym a sweaty mess, it was a good exercise session or “workout.” If you show up every day and breathe hard and get tired and sweaty, you may consider yourself to be successful at exercise. Training
can only be judged as a success if it works, meaning , if after an amount of time you can clearly show improvment for physical work. You may show up every day and push and pull and grunt and sweat and even limp to your car, but be terribly unsuccessful at training. If over time you are not getting any stronger, faster, leaner, more agile, better at your chosen sport, etc.
- Training is simple. Create a goal. Train for the goal. Complete the goal. How you go about doing that relies with your program-design. Goals can be ANYTHING! Weight, body fat, bench press max, vertical jump, 40 yard dash, marathon, endurance race, are all areas where you can set goals. As long as you have a goal, start, and finish
I would consider that training with purpose.
- “Exercise” is showing up to merely sweat, grind, max, and burn. These are the fitness nuts. No warm up, or anything. Just stack lots of weight on the leg press and start pumping until it burns, then sprint the stairs, throw a weight vest on and do box jumps until they crumble. No rhythm, no reason. As long as it burns like hell they will love it. I have a strong disliking for situations like this. “Pain threshold” vs. “getting stronger, faster, and more flexible?” Dont judge your session based on how much you sweated or how tight your arms are after your curls. Look at the bigger picture and focus on what it takes to reach your goals. Training > Exercise
So the question is .. "What is your goal?" and do you have the write training program designed to meet your goal? - Isaac Gredinberg Fit For Speed