In today's fitness industry, many new fads come and go. You may see people do some crazy things in the gym, but what's their actual goal? It's important to understand what your goal is, to figure out how to make an effective program. Should you exercise or should you train?
Exercise is working out enough in order to get the general physiological improvements in all areas of fitness (lower blood pressure, weight loss, increased muscle mass, etc.).
Training is going through a workout program specially designed to obtain a specific goal (faster sprint time, stronger squat, higher vertical jump). For example, powerlifters train to specifically improve their deadlift, bench press, and squat. They don't do long jogs, or bosu ball exercises. They strictly do those lifts, and work on accessory muscles to help their core lifts. Not to say powerlifters aren't healthy, but they focus much more on the amount of weight they are lifting rather than thinking about how they look in bikinis and swimming trunks (not a bad thing, just different goals). Training is always exercise, but exercise is not always training.
If you want to be healthy, make sure you get into the gym and do a mixture of weights and cardiorespiratory exercises that challenge your body. If you are training for a sport or goal, make sure you have a carefully designed program with proper periodization. We'll talk more about periodization for strength for those who feel they have plateaued with their current program.
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