Smart training vs hard training

We've all heard the statement "work smarter, not harder," and there is a point to that phrase that applies to everything individuals do, including pursuing health and fitness goals. That said, sometimes working harder is needed and really, to achieve most fitness goals, especially the lofty ones, smart training must accompany hard training. But what does that even mean? What is hard training? What is smart training? What is hard training? For this post, consider hard training as working as hard as safely possible in each workout while maintaining good form. This applies to weight training, run training, and any other style of training. For example, imagine a person has a 200-pounds one-rep

The Importance of Recovery

Recovery is an often underappreciated, yet essential, aspect of training. While hard work in the gym is necessary to health and fitness goals, including body composition changes, performance improvements, and general improvement of fitness, recovery is just as significant. If a person does not recover well from workouts, it can lead to a cycle of decline that breaks down the body instead of building it up. This applies to resistance training, running, and any other style of training, whether it be sport-specific or for general fitness. Think about it like this—if you have a scab, and you keep picking at it, it will never heal. Muscle and connective tissue damage work much the same. If you
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