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Defining Fitness: A Near Impossible Feat


Fitness is a term that's hard to nail down.

There have been wordy paragraph-long descriptions, full of industry jargon that few in the industry actually agree on.

In the interest of simplicity, we think a good word for being fit is capable.

Which means fitness is goal specific. 

Because being considered capable of one task, or skill, or achievement doesn't mean you'll be capable at another.

If running 5km under 18 minutes is important for you, fitness looks very different then it does for someone who wants lift 500lbs off the ground.

Fitness looks different still, for those who want to smash a 300-yard drive, or carry their grandchildren up the stairs...or for those who just want to be ready for whatever life's going to throw at them.

Fitness may look different for all of these different goals, but the training principles used to reach them will be similar. 

  • Work slightly outside of your comfort zone. 
    • Your body is super lazy. And change is often (metabolically) expensive.
    • So you'll need training stress to convince the body it needs to adapt.
    • No stress. No change.
  • Recover like you mean it.
    • You need sufficient rest, and calories and nutrients, to convince the body it can afford to adapt
    • Remember change is expensive.
  • Be deliberate about what you do and how you do it.
    • Make sure your training lines up with your goals.
    • You'll get better at exactly what you do, so having some specificity to your training will help steer adaptation in the right direction.
  • Be patient.
    • You're not going to get fit by the end of the week.
    • Progress is a slow-drip brew.
    • Give yourself time to see growth.

Whatever you want to be capable of...or whatever fitness looks like to you, keep the above in mind, and you'll be headed in the right direction.