I read an interesting passage in Ross Enamait's book "Never Gymless" that got me thinking: Overall, this got me thinking about why we train. I would guess many people train to get "in shape", however I would also guess most people train like bodybuilders or powerlifters - who by my definition are not in shape at all. Bodybuilders are good at pretty much one thing...packing on slabs of muscle in freakish proportions. Powerlifters are good at pretty much one thing...lifting heavy weights. So why is it that the vast majority of us train like bodybuilders and/or powerlifters? By no means is my intention to denounce bodybuilding or powerlifting, if that's your end goal then by all means train for it. But at a website like JohnStoneFitness where what I see is the vast majority of people training to get "in shape", I wonder if we have all clearly defined in our own minds what "in shape" means to us? I spent a good 3 years training like a bodybuilder, during which time I visited bodybuilding websites, read Arnold's book, and paid SwoleCat on two occasions to create a tailored plan for me. I put myself through ridiculous leg workouts that left me barely able to walk for several days on end. I look back now and wonder why. The fact is I never sorted out in my head what my end goal was. I think back and I can remember wanting a little bit of everything...I wanted to be bigger, I wanted to be more cut, I wanted to be "in shape" (whatever that meant), etc. I had not really considered what it was that I wanted, so I went with the typical gym-goer flow of training like a bodybuilder. So have you asked yourself what being "in shape" means to you? Are you an athlete? Do you simply want to look better? Is your desire to be a bodybuilder or powerlifter? Make sure your training aligns with your goals. Too many of us fall in the training-like-a-bodybuilder category, when in fact we do not want to look or be anything like a bodybuilder. My goal these days is to have a healthy and useful body. I do not want huge slabs of muscle, nor do I have a desire to be able to pick up my car. I'm after a well balanced mix of maximal strength, explosive strength, speed strength, and strength endurance. So I will train accordingly. So my message is be sure to set clearly defined goals and have your definition of "in shape" worked out, and then train accordingly. During your training sessions be sure to be able to answer the following question: "Why are you doing that?"