Investing four hours and then consuming 164 hours of it, that’s what I call effective. Which of course you should also bear in mind: Training correctly also means having fun during training. In my many years of work, I have often experienced how clients have developed from sports muffins to sports cannons.
Sport versus exercise
In my opinion, a sport is an indispensable basic element for a high quality of life. I deliberately call it a sport and not a movement. There is a big difference between these two terms: While movement also involves pressing the remote control, a sport is characterized by a decisive intensity. Sport changes your body – exercise does not necessarily change it.
Sports training is goal-oriented and a positive result requires a training effective stimulus. This training effective stimulus is responsible for the change in your body. Your muscles become stronger, your condition increases and your coordinative abilities improve. In short: you become more efficient.
All this happens only when you exceed a certain limit, your body adapts to these strains.
Take strength training for example:
When you lift a weight, your muscles get bigger and stronger – provided the intensity is right. If you do five push-ups a day even though you have ten repetitions of strength, your body will not change. To increase your muscle strength and change your muscle tissue, you need to push yourself to the limit. In this example, this means that you are doing everything you can to complete eleven repetitions.
Why strength training?
Because targeted strength training challenges your muscles and makes them more powerful. An efficient musculature is a basis of (almost) every sport. No matter if you climb, play basketball or triathlon. Only if your muscles are trained, you will have the necessary power. The better your muscles are trained, the more “PS” you will have.
Because you can increase your muscle mass through strength training. No, that doesn’t necessarily have to end with bodybuilding. More muscle mass means burning more calories 24 hours a day. This effect is worth its weight loss or body weight stabilization gold!
Because strength training is an optimal way to shape your body. Muscles are solid tissues that you can harness and that give your body a great silhouette.
Example endurance training:
If you regularly run or cycle longer sessions, your endurance performance will increase – provided you have the right heart rate and duration. Walking three times a week (e.g. with your dog) is great for your pet. You can also fill up on fresh air and let your soul dangle. Just do not expect any physical improvement in the form of increased condition! In contrast to strength training, here you do not train at the maximum load. Rather, the correct heart rate and duration are decisive for your training success. In this example this means that you – equipped with a heart rate monitor – run/jog at a certain speed (without constantly taking your dog into consideration).
Why endurance training?
Because this type of training is a milestone for your health. Your cardiovascular system becomes fit as a fiddle and your physical condition becomes fit as a frontwoman/front man. This means climbing stairs, hiking and cycling without pain and shortness of breath.
Correct endurance training turns your body into a fat burning machine. The muscles built up through strength training then burn unpleasant body fat very effectively.
Endurance training is also a conditional basis for other sports. What good is a great technique for tennis if you are jumping for air after the first set?