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What is Fitness?

Last year was a fantastic year for sport, tonnes of highlights with many remembering the olympics most of all . Mo Farrah running 10,000m in only 27mins 30secs. Chris Hoy hitting a top speed of 48m.p.h to win gold. Or how about Mingjuan Wang from China, who weighs only 48kg, Snatching 91kg and Clean and Jerking 114kg. All of these competitors trained and prepared with one goal in mind, Olympic gold, specifically training and dieting for that one outcome. All 3 deserve plaudits, as do all of the athletes, winners and losers, but who would you describe as the fittest? Take into account all sports, who’s the fittest? Is Leanda Care, who swam 2.4 miles rode 112 miles and ran 26.2 miles in 9 hrs 15 mins and 54 secs to win the world ironman womens title, fitter then Lance Karabel who won the 2012 powerlifting world title lifting nearly 1100 kg in total from the 3 big lifts (squat, bench press, deadlift)?
                      Everybody will have a different opinion on what they perceive as being fit, based on different ideas of being fit is, one reference I found broke fitness down into 5 main components

  1. Cardiorespiratory Endurance.
  2. Muscular Strength.
  3. Muscular Endurance.
  4. Body Composition.
  5. Flexibility.

So basically,

  1. The ability of your body to keep the heart and lungs supplying the body with the fuel it needs.
  2. The ability to lift something very heavy.
  3. The ability to keep lifting something heavy many times.
  4. How much of your body is made up of fat, muscle, bone etc.
  5. Range of movement at the joints.

So which sports require all of these abilities, (if you agree that these are the components that count) This comes down to what your personal opinion is and for me it’s going to be gymnasts, I think a gymnast most encapsulates all of the 5 areas of what is required from an athlete.
What does this mean to the average gym user, or someone setting foot in a gym for the first time, what do they want from “being fit”, well again it’s personal preference. I hope from reading this post I’ve made you realise that the term “fitness” is an ambiguous one, and there is no definitive answer. Very often clients will list their goals and the one behind “lose weight “ will be “get fitter”, but when asked what they mean by “fit” they usually utter something about “having better hearts and lungs”. Getting to the root of what you want to achieve will really help you focus on your goal, next time you go to the gym think about what you really want from working out and is your gym programme focussed on that goal, do you want more muscular strength or is it really a more improved body composition? Getting to the root of what you want will mean no wasted time while training. Better still find an expert like the guys at Storm Fitness ;), we have experts in all areas of fitness and can give you the best advice possible for achieving your goals and starting a smarter method of training.

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