Training

Do you TRAIN, or WORKOUT?

Some may say; “I’m heading to the gym to hit my training session…..”

and others may say; “I’m going to workout….”

So, what is the difference exactly?

In my humble opinion, the difference is ones mindset toward the workout, or training session.

I wrote an article on this last year, that will take things a little deeper for you, if you’re into investing some time in it. You can find that blog and video by clicking here.

Those of you who have been a C5 Member for 6 months or longer, have most definitely been exposed to our program and mindset long enough to understand our philosophies on Fitness.

I have injected myself deeper into this beautiful C5 Community more over the past 90 days, and this is something that has really been on my mind.

From what I see, and in my humble opinion……..

There are two types of people who “do Fitness”

  1. The “workout” mindset;

    • You show up to sweat, get your heart rate up, go hard, go heavy (potentially), potentially get your butt kicked, and then go home.

    • You aren’t concerned with progression in your movements and/or lifts.

    • You may not log your workouts or progress.

    • You love the experience you get with our community, the Coaches, your friends, etc…….

    • You choose to not make the time for “practice” of complex skills.

    • You may not value the importance of slowing things down and working on positions, mechanics, and/or efficiency, when we have workouts/training sessions that offer the opportunity to do so.

  2. The “training” mindset;

    • You have specific goals you are chasing, or possibly training for an event.

    • You understand that you don’t ‘go hard’ everyday. There must be balance between easy days, sustainable days, and hard effort days.

    • You log your workouts and progression.

    • You choose to make the time to “practice” complex skills (more deets on “practice” here)

    • You place a VERY HIGH VALUE on the importance of slowing things down and working on positions, mechanics, and efficiency, when we have workouts/training sessions that offer the opportunity to do so.

Please understand, neither of these options are right or wrong. It’s all about personal preference. The C5 Program will allow you show up with either mindset. Heck, maybe you even bounce back and forth between these mindsets each day/week/month.

Wherever you sit, I want you to understand not only the difference between the two mindsets, but also that “training”, will take an individual MUCH farther in their Fitness Journey.

It starts with a goal (big or small), and then you can work towards that goal in a safe, progressive, fashion. Without a goal, it’s easy to fall into the “workout” mindset, and show up, and go through the motions to feel like you’ve accomplished something. Don’t get me wrong here, keep showing up and going through the motions, and YOU WILL get more Fit and progress. But I would argue that someone with specific goals, and the “training” mindset, will go farther, and find more success in their Fitness Journey.

If you ever glance at the whiteboard and compare scores, or look at someone else in the gymnand think; “man, they’ve gotten way more fit than me in way less time”, or, “wow, I should be able to do that by now….”, …..etc. I’d like to invite you to think about your mindset. Perhaps the difference is that they are “training”, and you are “working out”.

So today I ask you, which mindset are you?

*Need some guidance and/or direction with goal setting? Don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly to schedule a goal setting consultation at cfranco@crossfitfivecities.com.

Make it a great day friends!

~Chad