Conventional VS. Unconventional Fitness – Which will work best FOR YOU?

Jul 8, 2021

Article Written by Coach Victoria Islas

Which one is best? BOTH ARE AWESOME!

Let me start by saying that this topic that I am about to discuss with you is in no way trying to say that one method of training is better than the other. On the contrary, this article is meant to educate you on the differences and allow you to make your own choice on which would be best for your fitness goals and lifestyle. They are both great methods of training!

Honestly, every time I jump onto this subject I giggle because it makes me think of an old friend. She loved conventional training! She was always off to the local gym while I was using unconventional tools like the Steel Mace and Kettle Bells. I just had so much fun teasing her about using machines and dumbbells’ (because that’s what friends do ?). But the truth is, conventional training was working for her and she looked drop-dead amazing. I was very proud of her efforts! And that’s the point right? That we train in a way that is enjoyable enough to get healthy and to feel great about our results when they start showing up. 

So what I will do in this article is go over conventional and unconventional methods of training. This way, you will gain a new understanding of these methods!

What is the difference between conventional and unconventional training?

Simply put, conventional methods of training include equipment such as what you would find inside a franchise gym like machines, dumbbells, and fixed barbells. You can expect to go through a more traditional bodybuilding/isolation training protocol that leans more towards aesthetics rather than function. 

As for unconventional methods of training, you would use equipment that is not usually found within a a franchise gym (although I have seen some gyms start to level up in this area) such as kettlebells, sandbags, steel maces, steel clubs, hydro core bags, battle ropes, medicine/slam balls, specialty barbells etc. Unconventional training protocols build a more functional body that is strong, conditioned, and primed for everyday living. It’s not just about how you look in the mirror but longevity! Also, Unconventional Methods of Training often take place outdoors like at private outdoor gyms, local parks, by the beach, etc. I personally train all my clients outdoors, there is something magical about training around nature. It beats being indoors with a bunch of machines! But that is just my preference.

“It’s important to think about your goals and about what you would enjoy the most.

And this is where the question might come in on which one is best for you. And the reality is that regardless of which one you choose they both get you moving. So if you’ve been sitting around on the couch all day watching Netflix, trust me, they both will be better than no movement. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE unconventional methods of training (that’s how I program) but that doesn’t mean that it’s right for you. It’s important to think about your goals and about what you would enjoy the most. What method do you think is going to get you pumped every day? Regardless of what path you take, the most important thing is to get moving and take action. And if you still don’t know which one to choose, hire a personal trainer and they will figure it out with you. Problem solved! 

Now go SLAY! -Victoria

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