Hello, dear everyone.

My students do some sports in clubs, so they often mention that they've got 'a training' today ('a training of basketball', 'a tennis training'). It sounds a bit strange for me because I've met the word 'work-out' in real speech - while 'training' is usually associated with global process or strategy of skill development ('computer training is sufficient for your success' - not 'daily computer TRAININGS').

I understand that it is probably just my personal impression. Will you please give me a clue which uses of the word ‘training’ are proper in everyday neutral speech.

Thank you for your kind and instructive assistance.

Welcome to the Forum.

'Training' refers to 'practicing in order to acquire a skill'. eg You can train to run a mile in 4 minutes, to drive a bus, to use a particular piece of computer software.

'Training' is not countable, so it's not correct to say 'I have a training today'. Say 'I have a tennis training session today', or 'I have some basketball training today'.

The word 'work-out' refers to physical exercise and sports training, so that's also OK, and it would be more commonly used, I think. However, it is slightly informal.

Best wishes, Clive
Training has a purpose - to improve at something.

A 'work-out' is just a general excercise session. I'd only connect 'work-out' with being in a gym, not in practicing a specific sport.
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Bravo clive, that is the great explaination, I've ever heard. Then i look them up in my english english dictionary. Everything you said is completely true but nowadays youngters prefer use training to work-out. I dont know why, maybe it is more formal than work-out. Anyway both of them are good in this case.
Thank you very much!

I only can repeat that these are the most brilliant explanations. Now I'm aware of use as well as tendency!

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 nona the brit's reply was promoted to an answer.

Perhaps there's a difference, then, between BrE and AmE as regards 'workout'.

Here in Canada, I did a swimming work-out yesterday to improve my swimming. Emotion: smile

Best wishes, Clive