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By: Aaron Zamzow

If you are not making progress, stop looking for supplements to cure your poor eating habits.

Staying fit and healthy can be challenging at the best of times.  It is even more frustrating if you are working out and not seeing progress.  Over the past 25 plus years of working in the fitness business and with first responders, I have learned that there are some key reasons you are not making progress in your fitness.  

You are exercising instead of training

When you exercise, you work out for the effect of that day, like relieving stress, burning calories, or working your biceps, etc.  Training, however, is physical activity performed for the purpose of satisfying a long-term performance goal.  For athletes (like firefighters, EMTs, and medics) training is a necessity or at least should be.  Training involves a long-term approach to fitness where one workout builds on the next, all leading to a long-term goal (better performance, leaner physique, more mobility, etc.).

Every time you hit the gym you need a plan of attack.  A purpose.  You cannot just wing it; make sure ea