It’s Called /’trānING/

Training (/’trānING/) – the acquisition of knowledge, skills and competencies as a result of teaching of vocational or practical skills and knowledge that relate to specific useful competencies.  Training has specific goals of improving one’s capability, capacity and performance.

Physical Training – concentrates on mechanistic goals:  training programs in this area develop specific skills or muscle, often with a view of peaking at a particular time.  Some physical training programs focus on raising over all physical fitness.

It’s the summer.  I would much rather be drinking a beer, barbecuing and simply being outside.  But in the career I chose as a coach this is the busiest time of the year for most physiologist and coaches of winter sport.  Our athletes are in the off season and are preparing for the upcoming year.

So as a coach, your time diminishes.  With that your time to train shrinks.  I know some people think, “just train with your athletes.”  They don’t pay me to train with them, they train me to coach.  Cannot do both, its that simple.  So, we as coaches are relegated to having a small window to train ourselves.  Some days you are lucky to get an hour to do some type of physical activity.  So workouts tend to be short, bordering on Cossfit-ish.  Look, I am now in my 30’s and have really nothing to train for anymore other than to look good naked.  I am starting to get over the thoughts of having to have the biggest Squat and Deadlift.  I still want impressive numbers and hit a few PB’s every once in a while.  I like to challenge my limits; I want to be strong and have aerobic capacity.  I need to have a point to training.  Although I have nothing to train for I want to see outcome results.   I have to do some work… Just get work done!

“The difference between exercising and training is having a point. Exercises done to waste energy burn calories or blow off steam, access mental and physical energy and tension. Training is done in order to improve something strength endurance neuromuscular control etc. exercise is a singular event with an immediate goal”

“The success of the training can only be judged by changes over time and performance. Exercise just doesn’t have a point beyond the immediate session if you leave the gym sweaty mess it was a good exercise session or workout. If you show up every day and breathe hard and get tired and sweaty you may consider yourself to be successful at exercise. By contrast training can only be judged as a success if it works – that is if after an appropriate amount of time you can clearly show improved capacity for physical work. You may show up every day and push and pull and grunt and sweat and even limp to your car – but be terribly unsuccessful at training, overtime if you are not getting any stronger faster leaner more agile better at your chosen sport etc.”

Yes, I have very limited time to train but after an appropriate amount of time I personally need to see improved capacity for physical work.  That is just the coach in me.  I cannot do exercise for the sake of exercise.  So in my search for some short workouts, ones that I do not have to write, I turned to a couple of resources, which I will share with you.  Yes, they are Crossfit groups, but of the ones that I have looked through these are the ones that get “training”.   I think some of them use the name Crossfit to get others through the door.  They have a progression, appear to be periodized and for what I do, train to train, suit my purpose.  They focus on the power lifting, and the Olympic lifting so that appeals to me and doing some general work.





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