Updated: Jul 26
Training vs Working Out: What’s the difference and which one is right for you?
For many people, working out and training equate to the same thing. They mean going to the gym, lifting weights, going for a run – whatever it is that you do get your heart pumping and your blood flowing.
In reality, training and working out are 2 different things. Contrary to popular belief, the differences are not what you do, but instead, how you approach what you do. Working out is any physical activity performed for the effect it produces right now. Workouts are performed for the purpose of producing a stress that satisfies the immediate needs of the exerciser. They include burning some calories, breaking a sweat, getting a pump, stretching/loosening up, etc. Working out is physical activity done for its own sake, with no desire to achieve a long term goal or benchmark. It often involves doing the same thing every time you do it, with no predetermined plan and no progression. Workouts accomplish the task of making you feel like you to want to feel while you're doing it. That temporary satisfaction is often short lived and unsustainable.
For athletes and fitness enthusiasts with a definitive performance objective in mind, training is necessary. In this context, Training is physical activity performed for the purpose of satisfying a long term performance goal, and is therefore about the process instead of the workouts themselves. This process must generate a definable result at a point in time removed from each training session, and because of that, the process must be planned to produce the desired result. Coincidently, because of the detail that goes in to preparing/planning the training process, training may also be the best way to achieve the goals that many people seek through working out/ exercising. Now, we’re not saying that one is better than the other, but depending on your goals/objectives, one may be more beneficial than the other.