A conversation I had on Twitter last night kinda got me thinking.
There are plenty of workouts I could do at home – both general and CrossFit WODs, and yet I still choose to pay to attend classes at my gym. I know I could get an excellent workout at home using bodyweight movements (until I convince Shawn to clean out the garage to make me a gym!). I know I could maintain my weight and save money by working out at home. So why don’t I?
When I first started this weight loss journey, each workout was to get moving and to burn calories. Of course I still picked activities I liked – RPM, BodyPump, yoga, running – but the ultimate goal was weight loss.
In the last year this approach to working out has changed. When I step foot into the gym, or get on my bike or in the pool, I’m not immediately thinking “How many calories will I burn?” Instead, it’s more “How will this workout get me stronger, faster, closer to my goals?”. I’m more interested in training rather than exercising.
So this is why I choose to still pay monthly to go to a CrossFit gym – I know I could exercise on my own, but I don’t think I could train on my own – I wouldn’t push myself to add weight, fix my form, or do scary things like handstands if I was doing it by myself. It’s also why, for next season, I will hopefully get a triathlon coach – to help me figure out my weaknesses and to work on those.
Yesterday’s awesome WOD:
5×5 front squats
12 minute AMRAP
10 back squats (95#)
Front squats were 45 – 55 – 65 – 75 – 95 and then I did 2 at 105 (probably should have done all 5 but I wimped out). I did the WOD rx’d and got 4 rounds plus 10 more squats. My quads hate me today.
Oh yeah – I also signed up for a CrossFit team competition (or was signed up for one?) yesterday for September 22!! Another reason to train and get after it in the gym the next month.
So tell me – do you workout for exercise or are you training? Is there a difference to you?