Are you fit? This is a self evaluation. How many times do you train? What do you train? Do you eat a healthy diet? Compared to many yes you can claim you are fit. However what is "fitness" and how do we define it ? What elements should the definition of fitness include? You would list things like strength, speed, power, and coordination. Even add in how much you bench, squat and deadlift. But does this mean you are fit?
CrossFit put some fitness standards out there for us in 2009. In order to be considered fit, CrossFit asserts that an individual must demonstrate competency in the following areas:
Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance — the ability of body systems to gather, process, and deliver oxygen.
Stamina — the ability of body systems to process, deliver, store, and utilize energy.
Strength — the ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply force.
Flexibility — the ability to maximize the range of motion at a given joint.
Power — the ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply maximum force in minimum time.
Speed — the ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement.
Coordination — the ability to combine several distinct movement pat- terns into a singular distinct movement.
Agility — the ability to minimize transition time from one movement pattern to another.
Balance — the ability to control the placement of the bodies center of gravity in relation to its support base.
Accuracy — the ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity.
Health is on a continuum from wellness being the far end that you want to lean towards and sickness on the opposite end with fitness in the middle. Your life is important and longevity is what everyone should be aiming for with as little sickness as possible. You need to prepare your body for the unknown is key in training. Real-world fitness doesn't involve traditional sets, reps and periodization schemes because life is not that predictable.
You need to be aware of the 3 training adatpations that you should consider when working out. You need to train and demonstrate sufficient development of all three metabolic pathways: phosphocreatine, glycolytic and aerobic. Which means, your sprint, moderate and long distance endurance capacity.
The definition of fitness provided by CrossFit is universally scalable, applicable, and irreducible. It is intended to help the young and old, the underweight and overweight, the healthy and the sick. All you need to do is know your goal and find a starting path to get you going for it. If you are not on any fitness program, CrossFit is a great start. You need to find a local box to go to or if your in the area come to Fitness Heroics and come see me ! I wiil help you live a long, healthy and productive life !