Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Cambourne & Cambridge - What is Fitness?

There are many so called fitness experts and personal trainers who claim that they can get you fit. I hear all the time that people want to “get fit”. But what does being fit mean to you? And have you really thought what being fit means?

We all know that participating in regular exercise coupled with sensible nutrition will help to control your body fat levels. So being “fit” is a definite plus in succeeding. Running a marathon may lose you some of your unwanted fat and you will be fit – fit for running a marathon that is.

With CrossTrain-Fitness, being fit is firstly based on the ten general physical skills widely recognised by exercise physiologists. This is what I think makes my CrossTrain-Fitness system so successful and efficient in attaining results when compared to other Personal Trainers in Cambridge and surrounding areas. I defined these physical skills below to open yourself up to this concept:

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 utilise energy.

Strength - The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply force.

Ring Dips - Strength, balance, flexibility, power in one movement

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.

Box Jumps - strength, power, agility, flexibility

Speed - The ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement.

Coordination - The ability to combine several distinct movement patterns 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 body’s center of gravity in relation to its support base.


Leg Raises on the Rings - another multi-attribute exercise

Accuracy - The ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity.

Using our marathon runner as an example of fitness, there are clearly several of the above attributes lacking. My personal fitness training system that has been developed over 15 years of  providing successful training that addresses all 10 of these physical attributes of fitness, whether in the class setting with my circuit classes or on the one to one basis. Improving all 10 of the attributes of fitness will make your body function far more efficiently in the goal of your body to lose weight (body fat).

For those of you who have or currently go to fitness classes such as yoga, Pilate's, step, body pump etc and are still disappointed that you have not shed your fat, have a look at which attributes you are currently over looking. These classes are a good for the areas of fitness that they address but do you really have the time and energy to go to 4 or 5 of these classes per day, 5-6 days a week in an attempt to reach your goals?  

Coach Ben BSc, CSCS, NSCA-CPT