Training versus working out, which one do you do?  Is there a difference? I think there is a difference, but I think most people don’t make the distinction. To me, the difference is very simple. Almost anything can be considered a workout. Any assortment of movement and exercises that are thrown together can be considered a workout.  That is not necessarily a bad thing. Back when I was studying health science in college, one of the big papers that came out at the time showed that accumulating 30 minutes of activity 5 days per week had a profound impact on your health by decreasing the risk for a disease.  Notice I said health, not fitness. Also, when we were an affiliate of Crossfit we labeled our daily training as the Workout of the Day. If you look at the definition of Crossfit, which I quoted on a regular basis, for several years it says,” Crossfit is functional movement, done at high intensity with constant or near random variation.” This type of training can be very effective, depending on your goal. Working out can help you attain a great level of general physical fitness and health. It is certainly much better than not working out.

What I would like you to consider, however, is how much better results you could achieve if you trained versus simply worked out. Training has a specific purpose. Even when we were Crossfit, we had a more structured training template. It was varied but definitely not random.  One of the many things that drew me to the Training for Warriors system was the fact that the template Martin Rooney had used to help train some of the best fighters in the world, mirrored what we were already using and had also found to be effective. There were some differences, which we have embraced. One was sprinting, the other was more specific training.  In other words, we have days which are more specifically dedicated to strength and days which or more specifically dedicated to metabolic conditioning. That is not to say that you cannot train both in the same training session but for many, it is difficult to truly focus on both in one session without one or the other suffering. As a coach, when I examine the TFW system,  it fills two primary needs:
1.  For the Jiujitsu athlete, it prepares you for both training and competition.
2.  For those who are not training Jiujitsu, it helps you burn fat, build muscle, and feel good!

This training can be dialed in even more if you have very specific goals.  The point of this article is to follow the Alliance Code and be honest with yourself about how you are approaching your training. Are you simply working out or do you have a specific goal? If you are just working out and you are good with that then that is great. Keep doing what you are doing. If however, you want to focus more on training, we are here to help you. That is where the strategy sessions come in. We can help assess your current goals and ensure we have you on the right path to achieve them.

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