Train Instead Of Working Out

by David Zerbs

When talking about training and working out we must draw a distinctive line between those two terms. Working out is something the majority of 21st century men and women do in the afternoon, for the weekend, or whenever they have free time. This is mostly done in the gyms and while running around home town park, and the goal is to stay fit.

On the other hand, we can even talk about the state of the mind when talking about training. To make a decision to train is to make a decision to do something in your life, to achieve some goal, to become an athlete, to swim faster than everybody else etc..

But how do you divide working out from training? Some of you may even think that you are training, but actually you are just working out. When working out you won’t see much results and are unlikely achieve the results you are dreaming of.

If you are about to start preparation for, lets say, a marathon and you want to switch from working out to training, keep reading.

Make A Plan Weeks In Advance

Once you decide to participate in some serious sport event such as marathon, triathlon, or bike race, you will have to decide what your goals are, and how much time you need to reach those goals. This is the moment you will have to start training instead of working out. To reach your peak at the right moment (just before the race) you will first have to get to know your body and to choose how many weeks before the race you have to start to train.
Everybody is different, and not all of us are in the same shape, but there are some basics that can be called 3-6 preparations. The numbers marks the months you need to achieve your fitness maximum. 3 months are enough to prepare for an easier race, such as half marathon or triathlon. This is based on the presumption that you have already worked out, and that your body is fit. 6 months are enough for the majority to prepare for hard races such as marathon or century ride.

Vary Your Training Workouts

If you are working out you have probably worked your biceps, abs, legs, and shoulders, which is typical. These are the 4 most common muscle groups people work on. When you train, your workouts are different and they cover more than just a few muscle groups.

To start preparing for the race you will have to make a foundation which is basically sessions of moderate workouts that will build your fitness for the specific event you are preparing your body for.

After you make a foundation, of course it is the right time to start adding up walls to your fitness house, and that’s called endurance. These workouts are moderate as well, but they last longer and their goal is to prepare your body for long and exhausting races.

In every race there are sections where you will have to run, swim, or turn your pedals faster and for this you will have tempo workouts. These are heavy workouts which are between 15 and 40 minutes, with breaks in between. They prepare your body for high speed. So, 5 minutes of fast running and than 5 minutes of cooling down is recommended.

If you are an active trained athlete you have probably heard of intervals. These are used to prepare your body to resist fatigue during the race. In a nutshell you run 3,000 meters, but the last section of those 3,000 meters you run in your fastest pace that you can sustain. After this you don’t stop, but you continue jogging at a slow pace to cool down a bit, and then you repeat it.

At the end you will have to think about the techniques. You use the techniques that will save your body from injuries and especially during fats paced parts of the race.

Don’t Do It All At Once

Now that you know the basics you will have to remember one more crucial thing. Do not mix your workouts in such a way that you will start from the first to the last. Put them in such a way that your body will take the best out of them.

Start working out with less challenging exercises and as the time goes by you just add minutes. For example do 15 minutes of mid-paced running and than move forward to 20 minutes in the next tempo workout and so forth.

Think about your event as you workout and stay focused at your goal. As the weeks go by, increase your tempo, and as you reach 15 days before the event slow down a bit. This is so your body can reach the peak at the race. Your body will stay fit but you will feel more relaxed and your muscles will be well rested.

If planned for weeks, this step-by-step training will take you where you want, and you will reach your goal!


I'm a fitness enthusiast from New York. I have been writing reviews of fitness and diet programs for over two years. If you have questions about anything I have reviewed, don't hesitate to shoot me an email.

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