Working Out vs. Training: What's the Difference?

Working out versus training...what’s the difference? A lot of people use the term interchangeably, but there is a subtle distinction. It really comes down to one question: are you getting results? 


Working out can refer to any number of things. Sure, you’re doing cardio and lifting weights, but do you have any purpose? Any direction? Or are you working out just because you feel obligated to get in your recommend duration of physical activity? Working out just for the purpose of getting in a good sweat without any sense of direction will not get you any significant results in the long run. 


Training is an exercise plan meticulously designed with a specific goal in mind. Training involves planning exercise routines ahead of time, with the movements, weights, and intensity varying and/or increasing within those routines as you progress. The same exact exercise routines will not be used repeatedly; doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results is the definition of insanity, right? Your coaches at Fuse design every workout, every week with all of this in mind. 

So how do you get yourself into a training mindset? 


First off, find a way to hold yourself accountable. The majority of people will assume this means grab a partner. Some say if you exercise alone, you’re likely working out because training requires some serious motivation which often requires support from other individuals. While I agree that having the support system, whether it be an exercise partner or trainer, is super important, I disagree that it is impossible to successfully train independently but it is very difficult. Everybody is different. Everybody has their own style, their own carrots and sticks. Figure out what motivates you best and go with it. Of course, your coaches at Fuse are here to help!  (Shameless plug: we offer Small Group Training, One on One Training and we now offer Virtual Coaching with personalized workouts and meal plans!)

The next important factor is quality. A characteristic of someone just working out is the guy who’s stoked about all the bicep curls he did in the squat rack (anyone see Ethan’s Suns Out Guns Out Hollywood debut?), but how much weight was he curling? How good was the form? The quality of your reps always prevails over the quantity.


Lastly, ask yourself WHY you are exercising. Are you trying to get a workout in to compensate for the junk you’re about to eat? Or are you training with the big picture and overall goal in mind? Figure out your ‘why.’ Struggling to zero in on a goal? Schedule a time to sit down with one of your Fuse coaches...we can help you identify and focus on what is important and how to attain it. 

Try not to get too caught up in the terminology; working out versus exercising versus training versus ahhhh! We’re not too worried about semantics here. Just focus on the long-term, rather than immediate satisfaction. Don’t just aim to break a sweat, but aim for performance. Rather than doing random exercises, exercise with a purpose. Training produces progress, progress produces results, and results are addicting.  Training is a mindset.   


I first mentioned accountability. Your coaches at Fuse Fitness Coaching pay attention to how often you’re coming in. We can sit down with you for a one-on-one nutrition coaching session. With our Results Mapping we regularly check your body composition and figure out what’s working and what isn’t. We make constant adjustments to your nutrition, workouts, water intake, and so on...all of which are personalized to YOU. Another bonus: your small group members make AMAZING workout partners! Next I mentioned quality; exercise programs at Fuse Fitness Coaching are specifically designed to allow for progressions (or regressions) and our comprehensive training phases Ignite, Burn, and Explode are designed to help your body prepare for the next step. The workouts progress as you get stronger, leaner, and more efficient. Lastly, I mentioned finding your ‘why.’ A Fuse Fitness Coach can sit down with you and help you figure this out, but ultimately it comes down to you. What is important to you? What is going to drive you? Figure this out, and you’re on the right path.  


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