Exercise, Training & Practice and How they apply to you

21 01 2013

Exercise

  • Activity that requires physical or mental exertion, especially when performed to develop or maintain fitness
  • A task, problem, or other effort performed to develop or maintain fitness or increase skill
  • An activity having a specified aspect

Training

  • The process of bringing a person, etc., to an agreed standard of proficiency,

Practice

  • Repeated performance of an activity in order to learn or perfect a skill
  • A session of preparation or performance undertaken to acquire or polish a skill

If you wish to be successful in your Strength & Conditioning training and ultimately your athletic / martial success.

At the gym most people merely exercise.

Many train.

Few practice.

Few realise that each drill has a skill requirement.
Few realise that the act of generating force is a skill.
Many are aware that fluid movement is fundamental to sport yet fail to realise this in the gym.
Most judge the success of a gym session by how knackered they are at the end or how sore they are the following day.

Unfortunately, this is not the way to make progress and get the results you set out to achieve.

Most often I refer to what goes on at WG-Fit and other “non commercial” gyms as training, when I ask people if the exercise or train, they almost without fail will square their shoulders, puff their chest, put on a stern face and say with a firm voice, “I train!”

But look at the definitions again.

Training is the process.

The process involves a series of exercises.

Each exercise must have it’s component parts well practised.

You must tick all the boxes.

Here’s how:

  1. Determine what you are training for.

    Without a plan, a training program is merely an aimless string of exercises.
    This may not necessarily be a bad thing, but wouldn’t it be better to have something to work towards. It may be a specific event, a sport, a body image, it doesn’t matter, just have something.
    Bear in mind that this something will change as you change.

  2. Determine what exercises will complement your training goals.

    I love the last part of the definition for Exercise: An activity having a specified aspect
    attribute may be a better word than aspect, but you must determine what aspects need improved through exercise.
    Do you need more speed?
    Do you need more power?
    Why are you unable to generate sufficient power?
    Do you require better mobility?
    What about stability?

  3. Practice each drill with care

    Perfect the technique, make them automatic so that when the time comes to put them into an exercise or workout, you can do so with vigour & intensity yet with safety and allowing for progression.

When you embark on a training program and have all three points in mind, you can’t help but move forwards.

Use your head when thinking about your goals, this will set the flavour for your training.
Once the goals have been establisehed, think about who you need to be to acheive them. then apply the following formula:

Who I Want To Be – Who I Currently Am = All the Attributes I Need to Work On
or
Bananman – Eric = eating a banana

We now have the information with which to plan out our training.

Each and every time we warm up we practice the movements and lifts we’ll use in order to bring up our weaknesses.
Then we’ll actually do the lifts with purpose.

This is how we succeed.

Don’t merely Train.
Don’t merely Exercise.

Regards

Dave
http://www.WG-Fit.com

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