When it comes to the world of health & fitness many people throw around terms like “exercising” and “training” as if they were synonymous with one another. As a fitness professional I would like to point out that I consider them very different from one another. Getting the results you desire from your fitness program depends on understanding the difference.
Do champions exercise their way to achieving great things, or do they train for it?
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”-Muhammad Ali
What’s the Difference?
Training is a disciplined, intelligent and focused effort toward achieving a goal while I consider exercise to be simply busy-work. Training is results driven and not always enjoyable, but champions and those who are used to achieving their goals are willing to do what’s necessary, not what’s enjoyable. Exercise is often entertainment driven meaning often people simply choose a form of exercise to participate with the main goal of enjoying themselves and often don’t have a regimented plan to follow.
To me, exercise is like poor spending habits that give you some enjoyment and satisfaction at the moment but may not be appropriate in the context of your goals. Training on the other hand is like following a budget, it begins with assessment and planning, eliminating the unnecessary, then selecting appropriate techniques which give you the biggest return on your investment and naturally help you achieve your goals. Training follows proven programming, progressively demanding improvement over time and has a series of deadlines and benchmarks which must be met.
Exercising or Training for Fat-Loss?
In the context of fat-loss lawn-work, walking and racquetball are all valid forms of exercise and even part of a healthy lifestyle , but they are NOT efficient forms of fat-loss training because they do not require you to physically transform your appearance or lose body fat to improve your skills or performances in any of those activities. On the other hand, learning to perform a skill that requires a high level of strength relative to bodyweight like strict pull-ups and a half-bodyweight one-arm press for men or a 1/3rd bodyweight press for women is a valid form of fat-loss training because by the time an initially obese person has achieved the strength-to-bodyweight ratio necessary to perform both tasks everyone will have noticed a huge physical transformation has taken place.
TRAINING OVER EXERCISE: BECAUSE FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION
Kelly understands the value of strength training and eating properly to achieve her goals.
Since training with Omaha Elite Kettlebell Kelly has worked up to pressing the 53lb kettlebell and can perform 5 strict pull-ups and is continuing to work on strength goals that support fat-loss by currently working toward a 2x bodyweight deadlift.