Working out v. Training …this is big!! It’s the difference between a ROUTINE and a PROGRAM. Routine’s are great because they allow for the repetition and practice necessary to gain skills and create a habit, BUT they quickly fail because
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Why “Working Out” is the #1 trend plaguing your success.

by Frank Baptiste on July 11, 2011

Working out v. Training …this is big!! It’s the difference between a ROUTINE and a PROGRAM. Routine’s are great because they allow for the repetition and practice necessary to gain skills and create a habit, BUT they quickly fail because they lack the most important variable: PROGRESSION. A program is a systematic and proven formula for success. By holding certain training variables constant and manipulating others through planned and progressive phases we can map out exactly where an athlete will be, to a science. An example would be an Olympians 4 year macro-cycle, carefully planned so their performance peaks perfectly for the world’s greatest competition. For the average exerciser this type of planning is extreme, but thinking 3, 6, or even 12 months ahead makes a lot of sense, (especially when you consider the seasonal challenges around Holidays, travel, beach season, ect.) I generally write programs for no less than 6 weeks in advance, with a 3 month vision of how the plan will progress. So, TRAINING means you have a program, with specific goals–a purpose. Everything else is just exercising, or work! Unless you love “working out,” it’s the number one trend plaguing most people’s success.

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Dan Daly, CSCS July 11, 2011 at 8:19 pm

well said, Frank. Mark Rippetoe just wrote a similar article on T-Nation.com

The Biggest Training Fallacy of All – http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/most_recent/the_biggest_training_fallacy_of_all

Frank Baptiste July 11, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Thanks for the comment Dan, looking forward to reading reading Rippetoe’s article!

Sandra April 18, 2016 at 11:10 am

Very well said! I am impressed how you have delivered your ideas. Keep the good ones coming please.

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