Anyone who has taken up weight training or competitive bodybuilding has been asked this question once or twice or a thousand times. I’ve been “training” for almost 20 years. At first this gym related question is flattering. It makes you feel as if your hard work has started to pay off. After being asked constantly, you start to get a little annoyed. So to the 20-something kid in the grocery store (I always seem to get asked in the meat aisle) my answer is always, “No, I don’t workout, I train!”
To me, the definition of working out is to go through the motions in the gym with no real goal or purpose. I see it all the time; guys having conversations during their set, laughing or goofing around. I can barely breathe during a set so how the heck can you talk during your “workout” much less goof around unless you are just going through the motions. I usually wear headphones and listen to heavy rock so I don’t get distracted by the “workout” crew.
When I train, I try to better myself each and every time I set foot in the gym. Bodybuilding is a lifestyle and what you do the other 23 hours in a day when you are NOT in the gym is what makes you “GROW”. If you are eating 6-8 small high protein meals a day, sleeping at least 7 hours a night, taking all the right nutritional supplements and not partying all the time then you are “training”. If you drink soda after a workout, snack on candy bars all day, go through the drive-thru for lunch and can’t remember the last time you slept five or more hours, then you are “working out”. I may be getting older but I still compete. When the day comes that I will not be stepping on stage, maybe, just maybe then I will take up “working out”. Now that I think about that, nah….I will always TRAIN!