The Difference Between Training & Exercise

This is a guest post from GameChanger Coach Kevin Duffy

A lot of times people will judge how effective a workout is by how tired you feel after the workout. Let’s get something straight: how tired you are from a workout is a short-term effectI’m here to tell you that there is a difference between training and exercise.  If you have a desired goal that you want to pursue you must plan appropriately and intelligently, this is training.  Training is a process and exercise is not a process.  During exercise, you may burn a lot of calories and lose some weight but this is not proper training for athletes.

Proper training is a long-term process that will give you lasting results.  Since the goal of our athletes is to get stronger we must have a well thought out plan to get us from where they are now to where they need to be.  Doing something random every time we walk in the gym will not get us there and neither will doing the same thing every time we walk in the gym will get us there either.

We must slowly progress our athletes, that way we can have continued progress from session to session.  One of the biggest mistakes we see athletes make is pushing too hard too soon by maxing out or by doing exercsies or weight they aren’t ready for. This is a huge mistake because you will likely get injured.  That’s why at GameChanger we progress our athletes based on our assessments and how mature the athlete is. Training is about progress not perfection.

In order to progress toward getting stronger each workout must be a bit more challenging than the previous one.  This is called progressive overload, which is a training principle that makes each workout a bit more demanding than the last one.  What this means is that every time you train a certain movement you either try to lift a little more weight or do more reps at a weight used from a previous workout.  This is how you can measure your progress from workout to workout.

For example, let’s say we have an athlete that does a goblet squat with a 70 lb dumbbell for 8 reps with solid technique, he should progress by doing either a 75 lb dumbbell for 8 reps or doing the 70lb DB for 10-12 reps. Making small progress like this is how you can stronger & that’s what training is all about. Progressing in this manner will produce results in both size and strength, but most importantly will make the athlete want to push his or herself a little bit more each time they are in the gym.

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got.  Exercise is necessary & great for somebody who wants to be healthy but for athlete’s there needs to be a more systematized approach. This is why a training system is critical & at GameChanger Gym we have created a unique system for baseball players that want to throw harder, run faster & hit the ball with more power.

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