What is fitness for you?
One of the issues that the fitness industry had in the past is that no one defined what fitness was. If you look up “what is fitness?” chances are that the answer you’ll find is – how fit someone is. This doesn’t really bring much light to the situation as doesn’t explain what fitness consist of.
CrossFit, what is fitness?
CrossFit looked into fitness and come up with the theory that is built about different components. These ten general physical skills are, cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. You are as fit as you are competent in each of these ten skills. Using this approach you’ll develop fitness across multiple platforms. A regimen develops fitness to the extent that it improves each of these ten skills. CrossFit went one step further and produced 100 words of fitness which give you a great starting point. However I personally feel that many miss the last and in my eyes on of the most important part of these 100 words. Regularly learn and play new sports.
What does this mean to me? It means use your fitness that you build in the gym environment. This could be with play, a one off event, or even focusing on one of the 10 physical skills in more detail.
What is fitness for you?
As I’ve said above in my eyes the CrossFit definition of fitness is a great starting point but it doesn’t mean that it can’t be adapted to your own fitness interests, desires and wants. Yes, if you have a bias to one particular thing other aspects will be affected but is that the end of the world especially if one is more important to you than the other? I don’t think so. I still do and will always use Crossfit training as a base for my fitness as it help address issues like muscular imbalances and repetitive strain injuries that can become an issue when you focus on one thing.
So what is fitness for you? Well this is an open question and whatever you decide it has to work for you. My starting point would be to decide what it is that you want from your fitness and what is important to you. For me this isn’t being the best at CrossFit but to be able to enjoy other activities, challenge myself, do things off the cuff and to fit into my life. Outlining what is important to you is something that one of the coaches can help you with then create a plan to ensure you stay on track and keep on enjoying what you’re doing.
Improving your fitness doesn’t just make you stronger and faster. It gives you an opportunity to try and do so much more as well. You just need to give yourself the chance to to see what you’re capable of. Remember regularly learn and play new sports (or activities)
My final thought- You work hard in the gym to improve your health, fitness and body composition. In doing so you don’t just improve these elements but you also give yourself that opportunity to achieve and try so many new things.