Fitness is more than just Weight Loss.
These past few years, wherever you look in the Fitness Industry, Weight Loss seems to be the topic on everyone’s lips. Gym Classes geared towards burning 500+ calories, Personal Trainers running Slim Down challenges, Health Food companies developing calorie-free….everything! Don’t get me wrong, Weight Loss is an important part of the Industry, but what else is involved? Let’s take a look…
“Fitness” can be broken up into 2 sub-sections; Health Related Components, and Sports Related Components. Since the general Fitness Industry isn’t geared towards Elite Level Athletes, we’re going to talk about the Health Related Components of Fitness.
5. Flexibility & Mobility
When we talk about flexibility, we mean the elasticity of your muscles. Holding passive stretches focusing on various muscle groups is the best way to train this. Mobility is the Range of Motion your joints allow you to move through. Dynamic and Ballistic stretches would be a great way to improve mobility. These would often be tested by means of a Sit & Reach Test. Ask your gym if they can accommodate you for one the next time you’re in!
4. Muscular Endurance
If we focus on a specific muscle group, how long can this muscle exert force consistently and repetitively? This can be trained via resistance training with light to medium weights for a high amount of reps. Isometric holds are also great for improving muscular endurance. Ask your instructor or a Personal Trainer how to focus on specific muscle groups.
3. Muscular Strength
On the other side of the resistance training coin, how much force can you exert in a single go? You can train Muscular Strength with heavy weights and low reps. You can test your muscular strength by finding out your 1 Rep Max. This type of training should only be performed by experienced lifters though. Ask a Personal Trainer how you can get started.
2. Body Composition
This is what your body is made up of. Weight Loss would be a sub-section and is by far the most popular training goal of your average gym-goer. Alternatively, you have people who want to put on more muscle mass, so aim for a weight increase. Either of these goals can be achieved with a Calorie Deficit or a Calorie Surplus respectively.
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1. Cardiovascular Endurance
This is basically how efficiently your heart, lungs and blood vessels can deliver oxygen to your working systems. A strong Cardiovascular system is vital no matter what your goal is. Marathon Runners, Powerlifters, even Bodybuilders all need a strong CV system. You can train for this with a Heart Rate monitor. Ask your instructor how!
As you can see from above, Fitness is more than just Weight Loss, but because it is the more dominant goal among your average gym-goers, the rest tends to get drowned out.
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