Do you train or do you exercise?
Do you know why you go to the training every time?
Do you practice because you’ve set clear measurable performance goals and want to achieve them? Or you just go there because you want to be in shape, learn something new and do something funny?
If you’ve answered YES to the first question then you train, if to the second then you exercise.Let me explain what the difference between those two options is.
Exercising is when you do sport activities just to get immediate effects. Each workout is performed to satisfies your needs of be tired, get sweaty, do something funny, etc. During your workouts, you repeat often the same set of exercises. measure your level of satisfaction with the inner voice: GREAT, today I did a good job.
Training, on the other hand, leads to long time improvement. You do focus on future performance goals and don’t satisfy yourself with just one good workout. Training is a well-planned process and should ensure that you reach the best possible form exactly when you need it. Training takes time, motivation and commitment towards an ultimate goal. Usually, it requires planning and instruction from a person familiar with the process. The whole process can be compared to a puzzle – each workout is only a small part of the big picture.
Many years of active involvement in sport, both like an athlete and coach, tell me that most people are exercising. This is great until you don’t have any ambition to reach peaks of your potential. But what if you feel that you want something more?
Ask yourself a few questions and become aware of what actually you do!
- Why am I involved in sport activity?
- What is my ultimate performance goal?
- Do I know how to reach this goal?
- Do I have clear plan of each workouts, week, month year?
- How do I measure improvement?
Try to answer this questions few days in a row. Don’t over think, just write down first thoughts which comes to your head.
In the next few post I’m going to tell you more how you can train more effective. Stay tuned…