The debate between training and exercise is one that I’ve heard many coaches and trainers discuss over many years. At the risk of over-simplifying the two concepts, ‘training’ requires purpose and a plan, exercise doesn’t.
So that begs the question, when we head to the gym are we training or exercising?
In my experience, your time will be used far more effectively with a plan of attack. Some will argue that if you aren’t preparing for a sport or event, it’s simply exercise.
I don’t believe that. I feel that if you are able to define a clear set of goals that you are working towards and you have a plan to get there, then you are training. Not to mention how hard it is to develop and maintain habits without a purpose and plan.
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Here’s are a few tips to help plan effective training:
- Work out what are you training for. You can go right down the rabbit hole on this question, and I have heard some amazing reasons for training from family through to specific events. In order to stay disciplined with your training program it needs to be something that means a lot to you or completely excites every time you think about it.
- Have a plan. The only way to get to any goal in the most efficient way is to have a plan. Get a program and set up some habitual goals that will help you get to where you want to be.
- Have a support network. Training partners, family, friends, the community. It’s a long road and you need good people with you to keep you on course.
- ‘Just Do It’, like Nike – Stay disciplined in your actions (Notice I wrote discipline twice now?). Motivation is fleeting, it’s an emotion that comes and goes at the drop of a hat. Discipline is the best way to stay the course, discipline through consistency and effort will get you results. Not waiting for motivation.
So if you want to train and get the most out of it, set some goals, write a plan, get some good people around you and then get to work. Repeat these steps and reassess regularly. Training can be a long hard road sometimes so stay consistent and stay disciplined.
“Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life, he puts the greatest strength in the world behind him. It’s something we call heart power. Once a man has made this commitment, nothing will stop him short of success.” – Vince Lombardi
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