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Jerry Laurita, March 19 2019

Training vs. Working Out

Everyday we have people that come to our school who are looking to lose weight or get in shape and thats GREAT!!! This is happening because people get bored with the gym easily and they want to do something more fun than running on a treadmill or lifting weights.

However, I want to explain the difference between the gym and us, so you understand the services we provide and have a realistic expectation of the training.

So, whats the difference between "Training vs. Working Out?"

To me Working Out refers to sweating from doing some type of cardio or getting a pump from lifting weights...thats it! You don't care about anything else as long as you sweat or get a pump. There is nothing wrong with this if THAT is your goal!

Training to me on the other hands refers to learning and mastering a craft and the sweat is a by product of the training. When you first begin training you might not sweat as much as a cardio class because you are learning something new. 

When you first begin learning Muay Thai you have to learn how to stand, move, punch, kick, knee, elbow as well as how to hold the pads and hit the bag....with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu you have to learn how to hold people down, sweep them over, escape positions and learn different submission holds.

Now, I am not saying you won't sweat or get a great workout you will but thats NOT the goal of the class....the goal is to teach you HOW to do Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and how to defend yourself.

Once you start to understand how to do the fundamentals you can start to increase the intensity of your training which will make you sweat more. But in the beginning you are learning how to DO first and SWEAT second.

I hope this was helpful because I want you to have a realistic expectation of our classes and not get frustrated. 

Remember, you are learning an art and it takes times to learn that. But once you have the fundamentals down you can increase and decrease the intensity of your training easily.

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Jerry Laurita

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