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Someone’s just given me the ‘what the?’ look.

What’s the difference? Let’s paint a picture:

You, or someone you know has been exercising for as long as you could remember. You go to regular boot camps at your local park, attend spin classes and take your dog for a run along the bay. You do 25-30 minutes of weights training twice a week at your body pump class.

But she doesn’t look very different. Has dropped little body weight, and still complains about pain in her right knee – see’s a physio once a week to try and fix it.

Does this sound familiar to you? or do you know someone who could fit this mold?

Basically what we have here is a classic example of an exerciser. An exerciser is rather motivated, enjoys a sweat and loves to move. An exerciser doesn’t believe he/she has had a great workout unless they are either about to die immediately post workout or the next day wake up with sore legs that are so weak he/she resembles a new born calf.

Now, exercising is still better than doing shit all and sitting on a couch. Exercise is acceptable for beginners but when we start to get towards the 6-8 week period a few things occur. Suddenly the body doesn’t respond as well to sporadic intensities or varying duration of exercise.

Instead, she needs to train:

Structured physical activity designed to reach a long term goal.

That is the basic one line definition of training.


Generally if someone is training they’ll possess the following:

A plan, a training program, a schedule – call it what you like, the trainer is organised with their exercise. They know what they need to do, why they’re doing it and what the goal is with the program.

Patience – they understand that their goal won’t come overnight, and that achieving a goal in health or fitness is a result of controlled motivation and discipline.

Knowledge – this all wouldn’t be possible if they weren’t educated or informed on what to do. They’ve either done the time to read and educate themselves or they’ve sought out the help of a professional. A coach to help them with the design of a program and the understanding on how it works.

Think about an athlete, to get better at their sport they need to train in a way that is geared towards improved performance – this may be increased strength, decreased body fat or increased aerobic endurance, all of which are similar goals to most of the general public. You’ll find that training in a structured, patient manner will eventually lead to body composition changes.

So from here, the trainer is now more efficient with their time. They enter the gym or training field, they know what they need to do. They do what is needed that workout, then they are done. And they know that they are slightly closer to achieving their goals. The trainer is done with his/her workout all the while the exerciser is still figuring out “Should I train chest today or legs”

Take home points

Have a plan or a schedule that is geared towards achieving your goals.
Seek out a professional if you aren’t able to create one yourself.
Short term investment (in a coach) will pay off in the long-term when you realise how much time you saved not just ‘exercising’.

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Christopher Watts

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