I used to workout and I got pretty good results. I had a nice
lean body and was more or less able to eat whatever I wanted. My friends
would say that I looked good and I didn’t have any fear taking off my
Now I train and I get great results. My body is a work in progress. I
can’t eat what I like anymore and I don’t listen to people when they
comment of how I look. I take my shirt off to change and my girlfriend
gets more out of the way I look than I do.
What are the differences between working out and training?
People who workout are trying to improve their appearance or some
characteristic of their body. It could be to lose a few pounds, to lower
cholesterol or normalize their blood pressure. In most cases there is
an end point and once the individual reaches it, they can enter their
maintenance phase and don’t need to workout as much.
People who train are primarily trying to improve their performance.
They are pursuing something, a number or reps, a weight, a time, but
they are after something that is slightly more objective than “looking
Most people who workout do so fairly consistently. They do more or less
the same thing every week e.g. cycling class on Monday and Wednesday,
upper body weights on Tuesday, lower body weights on Thursday and whole
body on Saturday. They do more or less the same exercises during these
workouts and rarely change things up because they are happy to be
People who train cycle through their exercises and change their
programs when things stop working. They are not content with simply
improving, they need to be improving as fast as their potential allows
People who workout do so primarily with moderate intensity. After their
workouts they are glowing and look like they are full of energy. They’ll
be able to laugh and joke right after and will probably have a shower
before going home.
People who train look close to death after they finish. They will
have given everything they have to their training and will likely be
gasping for air, soaked with sweat and generally feel worse than they
did when they started. They’ll be consuming a protein shake while trying
to recoup enough energy to change and go home. Their energy level will
be low for a while and they are not going to be joking or laughing.
People who workout feel less strongly about what they are doing. More
often than not it is about feeling good in the moment and having fun.
While working out may be an aspect of their identify, it does not define
who they are. They workout based on their schedules. They’ll tell you
that they workout and will often try to convince others to do the same.
They may even invite others to workout with them.
People who train ARE their training. Their training takes over many
areas of their life and is often the focal point of everything they do –
training sessions determine when they eat, sleep, work and socialize.
They’ll make you wait until after they have finished training and won’t
try to convince you to train with them – if you aren’t already doing it
you aren’t anyone they would want to train with.
People who workout get a lot of satisfaction from working out. Good
enough is good enough. They won’t talk about achieving their potential
because they feel they already are.
People who train tend to have fleeting moments of satisfaction. They
may experience a high or bliss right after competition or achieving one
of their goals, but soon thereafter they find themselves raising the bar
and starting towards an even higher goal. They will never be happy with
their performance and this is why they continue to train.