What’s the difference between a “workout” and a “program” and does it even matter?
Short answer – yes. And if you want to actually make progress, it matters a lot.
“Workouts”, unfortunately, are what most people do. They head into the gym and simply do whatever they feel like that day.
Maybe they got the latest issue of Men’s Health or Shape magazine, ripped out the workout of the month and off they go.
Or maybe they do random boot camps or group classes once in a while, but there’s really no rhyme or reason to it.
There’s no structure, there’s no plan, there’s no progression or periodization in place.
It’s all just random.
A “program” on the other hand, is basically a plan made up of workouts that all build on each other.
The program is designed specifically with your goals in mind.
There’s a structure in place that created balance.
It could be a simple 4-8 week program or taken a step further the program could have different “phases” that span 4-12 months, all building on each other towards an end goal.
The program could be made up of purely strength training workouts or it could incorporate other styles of workouts like yoga, group fitness classes, HIIT etc.
The key is the structure and design of the entire program.
Think about what you’re doing when you go to the gym or workout at home.
Are you simply “working out” with no real rhyme or reason to it…
Or are you following a structured “program” designed specifically for your goals?
I think you know which option I would suggest.