What’s the difference between a workout and a training program?

Great question.  One that I’ve been asked more times than I can remember.  Workouts are one-day affair.  In pop culture a workout is usually designed to completely thrash you.  Think any popular fitness class.  Some of the workouts may resemble those done as part of a training program.  The biggest difference is there really is no long-term goal with a workout.  It’s all focused on effort.  If you workout, you may get in “better shape.”  However, it will likely be unsustainable and come at the costs of a lot more wear and tear on your body.

A training program starts with an assessment of your current condition.  You and your coach discuss your specific strengths and weaknesses and develop a long-term plan to improve your condition from your starting point to that super human version of you at some point in the future.

Those who peddle a workout are like day traders in the stock market, looking for that one time hit.  It can be fun.  It can be exciting.  And it can produce results, but there’s a lot more risk involved.  Those who develop training programs are like Warren Buffet.  They see the hidden value in a client.  Develop a plan to improve strength and efficiency over time.  And are rewarded by long-term, sustainable results.

Now you know the difference.  And knowing is half the battle – GO JOE!

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