Today I want to discuss and share my own opinions about three terms that I think people use interchangeably. While they can be synonymous, I think they all do mean different things. These terms are: exercising, working out, and body building.
I think this is one of the reasons people may get intimidated by a gym setting. They see so many people lifting heavy weights, as well as hearing them grunt and weights banging on the floor with a loud crash. They think, ‘Is that what the gym is? I can’t do that! I don’t want to do that!’
I get it. And you don’t have to. The gym can really be whatever you want it to be. First off, unless you are doing something seriously wrong where you may hurt yourself, no one is even paying attention to you. They aren’t. Everyone is busy doing their own thing. Secondly, you have every right to be there doing whatever you like to do as much as everyone else!
I want you to move and be active. Not just for weight loss reasons, or whatever your reasons are, But just moving your body will help you feel better mentally as well as physically. I think that’s really the definition of exercise. It’s moving your body. It’s checking off the box that you id something today. I love when people have goals they are working towards at the gym – weight loss, health, whatever. But I also think that it can be ok to NOT have goals!
I have actually written about this in the past. You can read it here:
So yeah, if you just want to check off the box, go take your class, do your machines, just do it. That’s cool.
I think it’s the last two terms that get people both confused and nervous. That’s because people, women especially (no offense meant here, really! I say this from experience!) , but some men as well, are afraid they will get bulky from working out. They are afraid they will turn into The Rock or Arnold.
Trust me, you won’t.
1)That takes time and dedication. it doesn’t happen overnight. and
2)For the women, your bodies just don’t have the testosterone to get that strong.
One of my favorite memes is something like: ’Worrying about getting bulky from working out is like driving a Ferrari and thinking you can drive the Indy 500.”
You won’t get bulky, but you will get strong and lean. You will get definition.
Working out, to me, is not only having goals and a purpose for being in the gym, it’s having a plan. It’s knowing what your workout will be every time you go in. It may also be keeping track of those workouts so you can see your progressions. It also involves making sure you do what you can to keep that plan in terms of eating healthy, managing your sleep, and focus. It’s a regular part of your weekly schedule.
Body Building to me is another story. I think this is not just real focus, but this is something that people start doing at a young age, with uber -focus to get that muscular look that everyone notices. It is going very heavy weights almost every session, trying to build new personal records. It’s not only being at the gym for hours, it’s making sure you eat perfectly to a tee – measuring all your food, eating very precise things at very precise times, including – pre-and postworkout supplements like powders and shakes. Yes, it may be Olympic-style lifts, but it doesn’t have to be. It may also be people who participate in competitions.
That doesn’t need to be you. I think the majority of people fall into the first two categories. They exercise because they feel they have to, or they are a bit more serious about their goals in working out, building some muscle to ‘tone up’, and yes, lose some weight.
I focus on helping the first two. If you are trying to workout more, or interested in working on your goals, I am here to help. I can show you the correct way to do any and all exercises, as well as the best exercises for you specifically! If you need help, please contact me. As we head into September, I know people’s schedules are changing as kids go back to school and the like. Now is the perfect time to start a fitness program if it’s been something you’re thinking about. Please contact me and we can get started! Your first three sessions, 45 mins, $99. This is a great way to get started and to start to feel the benefits of exercising and how much better you’ll feel as you start moving! Please call or email me to get started. Thanks!