Exercise and Training, what’s the difference you might wonder? To begin, training is exercise, but exercise is not always training. Let’s break it down.
Examples of exercise could include physical activities like Jazzercise; spin class, kickboxing, many sports or games, Zumba, dancing, boot camp, jogging, cycling, yoga, almost anything really. Even cerebral or cognitive exercise counts. In essence, exercise can be thought of as “going through the motions” of an activity or participating in an activity, either physical or non-physical.
Training happens when a development plan is in place to elicit a specific adaptation of an imposed demand. In other words, when an outcome is desired, a plan of action is developed and implemented to achieve the goal. Following the plan then becomes “training”. In short, no plan=just exercising. Picture a hamster running in its wheel.
Often times, just getting in some exercise is exactly what folks are looking for. But the limitations of doing the same ole’ routine (if you have a routine), or choosing a single mode of exercise such as jogging or cycling are commonly misunderstood. It’s important to point out that poorly programmed CrossFit has limitations as well. An example of poorly programmed would be a facility or trainer having no structures in place for development or progression, or using the “hopper” model regularly. Other examples are mixing different “programs” or cherry picking WODS.
Our CrossFit classes are designed to develop general physical preparedness (GPP), improve athleticism (quality and ability of movement), engage you into a healthy active lifestyle and be fun. For our group program we use an “avatar” or generic, hypothetical person based on the average of all of you to program for. We train you, test you, ask you questions for feedback and then make changes from there. This keeps our program responsible, safe and effective for you guys here in our Hi Def family and allows for continual, long term growth. This is smartly programmed mixed modal strength and conditioning and will win out over all other exercise programs at developing balanced fitness and health.
However, there are limitations in a general program designed for a general person. Next time, we’ll discuss those limitations and what you can do about them.
4 Rounds, 1 minute @ each of:
OH hold walk