Working out vs Training (or why you’re killing yourself and getting poor results)

I recently saw a comment on a social media page that got me thinking, the conversation went a bit like this:

X: I’m not able to do heavy squats at my current gym.

Y: I know, it sucks not being able to do your big lifts bro!

Z: Why don’t you guys just modify your workout, it’s not such a big deal!

I’m happy to report that X and Y got to do their big lifts, but it got me thinking about ‘Z’s’ response. When two big strong dudes (and I know both have heavier than 2 x bodyweight high bar back squats and +2.5 x bodyweight deadlifts) like these talk about ‘training’ you tend to listen, especially if your idea of a heavy weight is vinyl and comes in varying shades of pink.

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One of the things that really irritates me in the fitness industry is when a ripped fitness coach who is in their twenties or thirties, who has no children, no ‘other half’, no mortgage, no savings plan, no ‘real life stressors’, etcetera,  says something along the lines of:

“Anyone can find 15 minutes in their day to workout.”

Blanket statement, no shades of grey. If you can’t find 15 mins to workout you are either crap or lazy.

“If it is important to you, you will find a way.”

Again, if you fail then it clearly wasn’t that important to you, or you didn’t care enough.

Now whilst I agree it the motivations sentiments behind these statements, they leave no scope for the things that can happen in real life. What project management geeks might refer to as ‘mission creep’, or the timeline sliding to the right (that’s one for real PM geeks!). Read more