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DRS Strong Week 120: Training vs. Exercising!

"To uncover your true potential, you must first find your own limits and have the courage to work hard to get past them."

        We have had some fun in the last three weeks!! Between the max out weeks and deload benchmark workouts, I am sure some of you discovered there is a lot of skill and movements to cover. The only way to be proficient at them is to have a good foundation, patience and a lot of practice to develop the skill set you need to add work capacity. One of them is the handstand push ups, these take skill, balance, strength, patience and a good base of support. For a lot of you that have never even been upside down, it seemed that at the end of the week a lot of you were more comfortable with the position.  The beauty of any sport or any activity is that it takes time to develop, acquire and permanently have the skills to become "good". It is the hard work and the journey that is worthwhile and should be the most enjoyable. Like I mentioned before, when you think you have the programming figured out or your feet leave the ground a little too long, its when new movements and challenges will be thrown your way so you continue your growth and hit your potential. Once there, it is the reassessment of your skills that will determine what you need next. I have had several people come up to me asking when they should start doing two a days, or several workouts a day. Hold on to this as we read on about the differences on training vs. exercising... :)

The focus of this week is understanding the difference between training vs. exercising!

First and most the questions go to you first... Do you work out? or do you train? These are two very different purposes.

        The purpose of working out. if you work out, it means you show up to the classes to feel good, get a good sweat, socialize, work towards muscle tone, overall aesthetics, to get PRs, burn off the overeaten calories of the day before and want to strive for an overall healthier lifestyle. This is great and I am sure there is more to it when someone 's purpose is working out.  

ok now, the purpose of training.
        The purpose of training is indefinite. it becomes a lifestyle. It becomes what you do to achieve certain results and performances. you have to plan and balance your  social life ( if any), family, friends, etc around the training to achieve a certain goal. You learn as much as you can on recovery and you become very in tune of your body by learning the proper way of training, recovery and nutrition. You become a machine. You become what you eat and how you train. Your sleep becomes priority. You eat for fuel not for what you feel like. You (actually) your coach breaks down your training phases, cycles, and restoration periods. You can't be at everyones bday party and club outings because you have to train the next day. I said train not work out. You learn the balance between priorities.  Now, this is only some things that need to be done when you train but there are a lot of sacrificies that go into it. Whether is training for a sport or training for school, work, a new position etc. But there is a huge difference between training or working out (exercising). Now, not one is better than the other.
        There is going to be a point in your life where you might be transitioning from your training regimen to your work out regimen and it is all going to be about balancing everything to have success in your goals. I wanted to differentiate both because some people have this mixed up and that is why they are not being successful in any goals. Also, because here at DRS whether you are training or working out. We are going to give you the tools to choose either path and we will help you reach any goal, whether it is to " I just want to look good naked"haha  or" I want to make the Olympics in my sport".  Regardless of what you have in mind, we want to provide you with the necessary tools  but it starts with your own choices and your own priorities. Mastering the basics before wanting to do more volume. More volume doesnt mean better. Even when you have been doing this for quite a while.  So doing two a days or several workouts with no intensity or with "RXing" movements would be a bad idea. Skill work is different but doing too much of it and not doing it well also creates bad habits.
I go by this.

1)Move correctly
2) Be efficient
3) Move fast
4) Lift  relatively heavy if it applies.
5) add volume and keep above numbers
        In that order. If you move right, you will be efficient, once efficient then add speed (intensity), once you accomplish those, then add weight, which will put you back to number one. Move correctly and so on! There is no way of starting at #5, because it will hunt you down and force you to go back to #1.
It is simple and effective.
       
       NOW lets get ready for the new Chad Attack phase- THE OPEN PREP! You will drill the get very good at work capacity, barbell cycling, getting heavy lifts in short period of times and gymnastic movements!

Here is a video for more insight if you haven't had enough :)




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Stay strong,
DRS Strong
Coach Rosario

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Check out previous blogs by clicking below:
DRS Strong Week 84: Am I losing my gains with high reps? The difference between physical strengths
The Power of Protein

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