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Looks Vs Performance

Certain aspects of your workout routine will need to be set up a certain way to best accommodate that goal.

Since there’s a million ways this can go and I’m always in favour of simplifying things as much as possible, I’m going to break up all of the possible fitness goals into just 2 groups:

  1. Looks
  2. Performance

Let me show you what they include…

Looks

The people in this group have the primary goal of improving the way their body looks.

They want to build muscle, lose fat, or do both. This group also includes more generic goals like getting “toned,” or getting a 6 pack, or losing weight/gaining weight, or really anything that basically translates into “I want to look better.”

Granted, there are various differences between the goals I just described, and there are some adjustments that should be made to your workout routine depending on EXACTLY which goal is yours (don’t worry, I’m going to explain all of them).

But, in the most basic sense, anyone whose primary goal is to somehow improve the way their body looks falls into this same top level category.

Performance

The people in this group have the primary goal of improving the way their body performs.

They want to get stronger, get faster, get better at a certain sport or activity, or really anything that basically translates into “I want to perform better.”

Granted, there are again various differences between the goals I just described, and there are some adjustments that should be made to your workout routine depending on EXACTLY what your goal is.

But, in the most basic sense, anyone whose primary goal is to somehow improve the way their body performs falls into this same top level category.

Looks vs Performance

So, did you figure out which group your fitness goal fits into best? Good.

Now is a good time to mention that there is a lot of overlap between the groups. Meaning, training for performance will ultimately lead to more muscle and/or less fat in most cases. And, training for looks will ultimately lead to increased strength and/or improved performance in most cases.

However, it will NOT be in a way that is most optimal for those goals. It would be more of a side effect.

That’s why the objective here is to set up a workout routine that is as optimal as possible for your primary fitness goal. That needs to be the sole focus even though it may lead to various secondary goals being reached as well.

Meaning, if your goal is “looks” related, you want to only do the things that will maximize those results. If your goal is “performance” related, you want to only do the things that will maximize those results.

As obvious as that seems, there are plenty of idiots out there on the internet trying to tell you that people on Looks should be doing things that work best for Performance, and vice-versa.

Why? Because they’re either really ignorant, just trying to sell you something, or plain old stupid.

We will avoid that here at Roidless.