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The Difference Between Training vs. Exercising

Have you ever thought to yourself, “you know, I need to get back into shape,” and then went to the gym for the next month only to see zero improvement? I would bet when you went to the gym, you probably went without a plan and ended up doing a little bit of this, and a little bit of that without really thinking about it. Plus, without a plan, you probably didn’t go on a consistent basis. This is the definition of “exercising.” While exercising is fine, only training is going to get you the results YOU want.

Exercise: 

If I had to choose between exercising or sitting on the couch doing nothing, exercising wins every time. It is much better to get up and do ANYTHING as opposed to another night spent not moving.  Google defines exercise as an “activity requiring physical effort, carried out especially to sustain or improve health and fitness.” Take for example, a pick-up game of basketball, jogging on a treadmill, going for a bike ride; these are all forms of exercise, and they have their place in a program. Exercise is a great choice for an off day, or simply for fun. I love to mix in a pick-up game of soccer now and then, or to go for a long walk on an active recovery day.

Training: 

In contrast to exercise, training has an exact purpose. Let’s take Monday’s CrossFit workout at Summit Strength, as an example. Our purpose for Monday was to improve on a specific skill – rope climbs while fatiguing the grip. This translates to both every day life, and CrossFit as a sport. Being able to move your body around an object repeatedly over time (gymnastics) is central to both longevity and improvement in the sport of CrossFit.

Training is also planned out in advance. It has a structure. It has defined coaching points and progressions to help you advance to new levels. Training makes you a better athlete, and helps you achieve your health and fitness goals.

Are you feeling like you’ve been spinning your wheels, working hard, but not seeing results? Chances are you’ve been exercising, not training. I have been in this exact place until I found CrossFit, I know exactly how frustrating it can be.  It’s what makes my passion to help others succeed in their overall fitness goals a daily goal of mine.  For me, it feels great to be back on a plan with defined training goals, and I’m sure you would enjoy it, too.

Now, what are you waiting for?  Take the next step and I promise you it will be a journey worth taking! Come join us at Summit Strength for a free week.  See what all of the excitement is surrounding CrossFit.  You won’t be disappointed.

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