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Training vs. Exercise
Taylor McClenny  |  12/19/2017

LeaderBoard Community

With a quickly growing community we’re publishing a few articles to inform all Athletes of general community and training guidelines.  Our goal is to share the most important information in the most succinct form that will improve your training experience.  Please read each article in full.

Training vs. Exercise

Understand the difference between Training and Exercise.  Although this topic, if fully detailed, could fill many pages here is what truly matters - Exercise is outputting effort higher than your daily average for purposes of effecting that day.  Training is following a specific plan for purposes of effecting a long term goal.  In training, deviation from the specific plan should be kept to a minimum or the specific plan should be updated - else, you are exercising and not training.

A non-Athlete example of exercise is jogging on a treadmill for 30 minutes 2x/wk.  An Athlete example is performing 6-10 different lifts on Monday, 6-10 different lifts on Tuesday, and so on, each day moving weight with no plan.  In our ‘non-Athlete example’ this person is burning off 250-350 calories, bringing their “calorie-in, calorie-out” total down by that amount for the day.  In our ‘Athlete example’ this Athlete is accumulating a high volume of work and getting really sore.  However, in neither example is the person optimizing each effort for effecting a long term goal.

It is the goal of LeaderBoard to provide the best training possible for the Endurance Athlete.  This requires specific planning of an Athlete’s work output over many weeks or months.

This requires specific coordination of 3 major variables:  Stress (or Stimulus), Recovery, & Adaptation.  The Stress is your work output - it’s how far you ran at what speed, it’s how much weight you lifted, how many times.  The Recovery is your body’s response to the Stress - it’s how your body repairs what was damaged via the Stress.  The Adaptation is your body’s improvement from the Recovery from the Stress - it’s what allows you to run faster and longer, it’s what allows you to lift heavier.

Too much Stress and you may inhibit your body’s ability to Recover, producing subpar Adaptation.  Not enough Recovery and you’ll stop your Adaptation short - essentially spinning your wheels, working very hard but not inducing the Adaptation to your Stress.

Understand the difference between exercising and training.  Follow a training plan to reach your performance and fitness goals.  Don’t stray far from your training plan.  If you believe you need more Stress to drive the Adaptation needed for your goals, inform your Coach.

Give Us Feedback

If you have questions or comments on this article, or for your Coach due to this article, please comment below.  If you found this article helpful and would like to learn more comment below - we’ll expand on this topic as necessary.


Nono Guimbi THURSDAY, DEC 21ST
Great great article!
Taylor McClenny FRIDAY, DEC 22ND
Thanks Nono! :)
Josh Devane FRIDAY, DEC 22ND
Great stuff Coach! I feel like I’ve been exercising for too long and this community is teaching me how to train. I’m working on switching up that mindset and this article is very helpful! 💪🏻
Taylor McClenny FRIDAY, DEC 22ND
Hell yes! We're very glad to be a part of that.
Matt Tighe TUESDAY, DEC 26TH
Well said, Taylor. Good article!
Taylor McClenny THURSDAY, JAN 4TH
Thanks Matt! More to come :D
Great post!
Taylor McClenny THURSDAY, JAN 4TH
Thanks Janet! :D
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