Training Focus: Are you actually Training?

Well, are you? Do you have a training focus?

Think about it. What happens when you walk into the gym or garage, or wherever you frequent when you train? What’s the first thing you do?

I’m a very simple guy with a very simple attitude to training:

Get in, get it done and get out.

But, the problem I see too often though is too much “messing around” before the work gets done. That’s if the work even gets done. There’s a distinct lack of training focus.

The “messing around” I’m referring to is all the foam rolling, stretching, correctives, dynamic movements… I could go on.

Yes, there is a time and a place for this work. I definitely do it myself. But, when the time comes to strength train, make sure you strength train. The same thing goes for conditioning. If you are conditioning, make sure you do that. You need to keep a training focus.

Keeping your Training Focus

Say you train for one hour. You get to the gym, spend 10 minutes rolling, 10 minutes stretching and 10 minutes “warming up” on the treadmill. You’ve already used up 30 minutes of your gym time.

That single hour is precious time and needs to be treated as such. Your energy, intensity, effort and focus are all diminishing the minute you walk into the weight room.

Granted, some will have a bigger amount of descending time, but, the point remains the same. When you step into the gym, you only have a certain amount of usable efforts. A lack of training focus completely drains your gym time.

Analogy Time…

I remember way back when, an analogy I once read about training. I can’t for the life of me remember who it was by, but please feel free to let me know who it is if you know.

Anyway, the analogy went something like: You have an allotted amount of sand in your gym timer. The second you step in the gym, the sand starts dropping through to the bottom of the timer. When the top is empty, you have nothing left.

The rolling, the stretching, the dynamic movement and the useless 10 minute “warm-up” on the treadmill is all using the sand at a very rapid pace. When you finally do get to the most beneficial and vital part of your workout, there is already very little sand left.

You need to hit the big, beneficial movements when your timer is full of sand. I go on about it all the time, but squats, deadlifts, carries, overhead presses, sprints and pull-ups should be the “bread and butter”, so to speak, of your training focus.

These are the big 5 that will get you the most results – being stronger, being leaner, being fitter and being a better athlete overall.

Parting Thoughts

Read these words and next time you hit the gym, make sure your effort is in the right place. Keep the correctives, keep the movement drills and keep the foam rolling, but just think about why you are training at that point in time and where your “sand” is best spent.


Get stronger and get tougher!


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