Training vs. Working Out – Training ALWAYS Wins

by Juan Antonio

There is nothing training cannot do. Nothing is about its reach. It can turn bad morals to good morals; it can destroy bad principles and re-create good ones; it can lift men [and women] to angelship. – Mark Twain

I lied on the last post. I’m going to sell you today. Here’s my pitch. Are you ready? Here it comes: there is a huge, ginormous difference between “working out” and training.

That’s it.

If I’m ever going to sell you on one thing, it’s that “working out” and training are not the same thing.

24/7 Coach is revolutionary software that makes that distinction clear.

“I’m going to go workout.”

“I just had the best workout of my life!”

How many times have you heard your friends, family members or co-workers utter those words?

I cringe when a fitness professional says, “Today’s workout will be the toughest ever!”

It’s like nails on a chalkboard for me.

What Webster Says

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always hated the phrase “workout.”

If you look up “workout” in the dictionary, it will read, “a period of physical exercise that you do in order to improve your fitness, ability, or performance.”

My personal preferred definition is the third one: “an undertaking or plan intended to resolve a problem of indebtedness…” Indebtedness meaning “owing something to someone or something.”

You owe it to yourself to train properly and with purpose.

Notice the definition didn’t say anything about CrossFit, running randomly up and down the block in some piss poor bootcamp or lifting weights where 85% of the time is spent looking in the mirror or on your phone.

When I hear someone say “workout”, I hear, “I’m going to go somewhat move my body in a mostly random, unorganized way, without giving too much thought to what I’m doing, why I’m doing and who I’m doing it with.

Sadly, this is what I see most people doing when it comes to fitness. Worse are those fitness professionals who actively encourage this type of behavior.

Why Go to The Gym?

There are only four reasons to ever go the gym:

  1. get better =  perform better
  2. feel better = improved energy levels
  3. look better = lose body fat/build muscle
  4. pick up “hot chicks” (Take me out for pizza and I’ll give you the system.)

That’s it.

To me, “workout” and “working out” consists mostly of trying to sweat in copious amounts.

If you just want to sweat, go sit in the sauna. You’ll feel better and it will help your body recover.

Training For What You Seek

Training, and I mean, serious training, is “any structured activity aimed at imparting information to improve performance or to help attain a required level of knowledge or skill.”

Read that again.

You can train to be a world class surgeon, a concert playing violinist or a crowd pleasing MMA fighter like Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.

You must train for what you seek.

You think Rumble trains for bigger arms? Fuck no.

He trains to knock people into another dimension. My guess is he trains for crazy power, crazy explosiveness and to be crazy strong. Considering he’s obliterated most of his opponents in one UFC round, I’d say it’s working.

In the gym, training involves hard work. It means having purpose and direction.

If you have no purpose or direction in the gym, no worries, 24/7 Coach will give you all you need to finally reach your fitness goals.

Training involves an active effort of trying to get better at something. It means focusing on the weights and intensity rather than Kim Kardashian on the TV.

If you remember one thing from what I say, just remember: “working out”/”workout” and training are not the same thing.

If you just move/sweat/do things semi-randomly, you’re doing a “workout” or “working out.” Anybody can technically do that.

But keep in mind that anyone born in the US can technically be President of the United States.

Yeah….what you do in the gym, how you do it and with whom may or may not lead you to what you seek.

What are you seeking from your training?

There is only trained and untrained.

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Saul Juan Antonio Cuautle
Founder & CEO

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