Hundreds of thousands of high school athletes workout or "train". You might think they mean the same thing, however they are completely different. So you must ask yourself, "Am I working out or am I training?" How do you know the answer? Ask yourself, "Am I lifting just to lift and push weights around or am I training with a purpose to become a better athlete?" As an athlete you must understand and know the demands of your sport and, with that knowledge you must train accordingly. Athletes require a lot for example an athlete must be strong, mobile, agile, flexible, conditioned, well rounded, and coordinated just to name a few attributes of a good athlete. Can you take on all those attributes by just lifting weights? No, you can get stronger but what about the other important characteristics of an athlete. However some lifting programs are better than others, but that's another conversation. Your training program should transfer onto the field and/or court otherwise your just lifting. Make sure your training is taking you closer to your goals outside of the weight room.
Jamie Swagler,Performance Coach at Swagler Strength & Performance.