What is Fitness?
There is perhaps not a more subjective term in exercise than “fitness.” The word is going to evoke vastly different meanings for every individual applying it. For some, it may be the specialist version of fitness. Running thirty miles a week, focused on 1 – 5 rep lifts for strength, yoga, or some other form of personal satisfaction. For others, it may be more for competitive sport. Or, getting #swole. And for a lot of us, perhaps a blend of everything to feel like an overall healthy performer. Chances are we all likely share the following common denominators with our definitions.
- We get deep personal satisfaction through physical effort.
- It is not a plot on a curve or a destination, but an indefinite process continuum.
Even within the sample size of a class at our gym, we will have twenty people who are all there for different reasons. Some for strength, some for sweat, some for intrinsic reasons, some for aesthetics. The hopeful output is not for us to decide of push upon you, but the input means for which those goals are achieved is something that we need to all stand on common ground. Within the constructs of fitness exist a variety of collaborating components like strength, endurance, and athleticism, each of which requires their own specialized approach to maximize.
We like to think of fitness with two levels of focus.
- Macro Focus (Program Structure) – The ongoing ability to complete and improve upon a variety of tasks of different energy systems and progressive intensities.
- Micro Focus (Daily Inputs) – The ability to successfully complete the task in front of you better than your previous effort.
Therefore, fitness as a whole means movement and intensity competency, and fitness as individual parts chips away at that daily with focused, varied efforts. This is all a very elaborate way of concluding that we’re ultimately training for nothing, a concept that so many do everything to avoid admitting to themselves. After all, in these parameters, we’ve simply defined fitness as an ongoing series of task challenges that create the need to train for them, creating an existing loop of training that possesses no tangible end-game.
Except, there is an end-game. Self-improvement.
We believe in fitness that the means don’t just justify the end. They are the end. The process is the goal. The commitment to challenge and developing fitness for the purpose of knowing you have it.
Define your desired outcome, and you will frame your needed input and get an answer to what you view as fitness.
So take some time to reflect on what fitness means to you, and if your actions are matching up with your goals.