Most of the people you see in the gym are there to exercise.
Very few are there to train.
Training and exercise may look the same. But they are in fact two very different things.
For most people, exercise is all they need – it gets them hot and sweaty, burns off some calories, makes them a bit fitter.
Nothing wrong with that.
But if you want to see, as Socrates once put it, the beauty and strength of which your body is capable, you’ll need to stop exercising and start training.
A training program has structure. It’s not random.
Each workout forms part of a plan designed to move you closer to a very specific goal.
Think of it like reading a book.
You start off on page one. Then you go to page two, page three, and so on.
Each page builds on the one that came before.
Just like each workout should build on the one that came before.
Training is not for everyone.
In fact, most people will do just fine with exercise.
“It must be said that not everybody is interested in Training,” explains strength coach Mark Rippetoe.
“For many, Exercise is good enough. They just want to burn some calories, get a little conditioning work, and have better abs. This is fine, for those people.”
“But the second you want more – when you decide that there will now be a goal to accomplish with all this gym time – you’ve graduated to Training.”
When you train, you are doing what you need to do, rather than just what you want to do.
The success of a workout isn’t judged by how “wasted” you feel, or how sore you are the next day, but whether you hit the numbers – decided upon in advance – that you want to hit.
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ABOUT CHRISTIAN FINNChristian Finn holds a master's degree with distinction in exercise science, is a former personal trainer and has been featured on BBC TV and radio, as well as in Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Fit Pro, Zest, and Perfect Body magazine.