There’s a distinct difference between training and working out. When you’re training, everything you do in the gym has a distinct purpose and is designed to help you reach your goals. That’s what we do at The Iron Pit. There is a reason behind every aspect of each individual’s program. Everything we do has a purpose. That purpose is to take you further from Point A and closer to Point B.

Working out has no purpose. You simply go to the gym and do some of this, do some of that, and call it a day. There’s no rhyme or reason to what you’re doing. You don’t know if what you’re doing is helping you make progress because there is no plan. Many of the most popular gyms/chains in fitness operate this way. Everybody in the class does the exact same random workout of the day. There’s no long-term plan or progression to the workouts.

Many people think they are training when they are really just working out.

There’s not necessarily anything wrong with working out. It’s a great fit if you’re just looking to get a little exercise or if you simply enjoy partaking in the large group classes. If you have specific goals, however, working out just doesn’t cut it. Don’t mistake hard workouts for training. Just because a workout is hard doesn’t mean it’s beneficial for you. Again, is there a long-term plan?

This is especially true for athletes. Everything that an athlete does in the gym must help them be prepared to perform better in their respective sport. There has to be a plan. Weaknesses must be addressed with the appropriate training methods. Arbitrarily choosing exercises and random workouts will not make you a better athlete.

If you want to be the best possible player, you better not be working out. You have to be training.