Are You Really Training What You Think You're Training?

I'm writing this post, because this will be a series of blogs discussing the intricacies of training. Please don't be put off by me using the word's intricacy, in full disclosure, I just wanted to sound smart and that just happened to be the word of the day on my daily calendar... I mean...

We all have different goals when it comes to training ranging from; endurance, muscle building, fat loss, strength gain, performance, etc.

However, the human body and training itself are so complex how to train for these goals can be so confusing.

 

To make matters worse, there really is no clear cut answer. It's not black and white, just because you're training for strength does not mean your muscles won't get bigger. Just because you're training for endurance doesn't mean you won't lose fat. Etc.

The question isn't about what to do, but making sure that we do the right thing. For all intents and purposes I am going to approach a lot of this with a black and white perspective just so I don't confuse you more than a bunny in an Easter Factory. 

As intimidating as it may be weight training in a safe and effective manner is absolutely necessary when it comes to achieving goals. In fact, the risk of getting hurt during proper weight training is actually less than that of long distance running. Key word being "proper"... That's another topic for another time. 

I know I spend a lot of time talking movement patterns, mobility, corrective exercises, etc. Make no mistake, these are completely necessary, and can't be ignored. However, going back to weight training the question really becomes "How do I know when I'm training what I want to be training?" 

To many of us we see a workout program and just follow it blindly. The sets and reps and all the other words that come along with it have no meaning. I hope to change that. Because the clearer it all becomes, the more effectively you will be able to reach your goals.

Again, remember, these are not black and white, I just don't want to make this more confusing than it already is.

These four qualities are;

  • Strength
  • Hypertrophy
  • Power
  • Endurance

They are all equally important, and as we go through this series I hope it will all continue to become clearer and clearer about what to train and when.

-Dave