What is Fitness?
Is it that picture perfect body?
Is it completing an Ironman?
We want this perfectly defined, black and white, right or left, up or down definition of ‘Fitness’.
Our lives are controlled by rules, boxes, aspects, lists, and we WANT ‘fitness’ to be defined by these standards as well. We can’t simply process that fitness is actually defined by what your goals are or what you feel fitness is related to your specific outlook.
An example – OPEX Fitness defines fitness as “An evolving journey and exploration of the connection between mind, body, and spirit while attempting to discover physical potential while leading to discovering purpose and producing longevity of oneself.”
Crossfit defines fitness as “Increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains.”
Two huge different variations to what they believe ‘Fitness’ is.
Ask someone who does Spartan Races or Tough Mudders, and you will get a completely different response to what anyone else says.
For bodybuilders, fitness is related to how they look; that picture perfect body. Hats off to them as they wreck havoc on their bodies to take center stage and get a trophy…
Here is the real truth when it comes to ‘Fitness’ and how it is defined…
Fitness is defined by your goals and sport/event you participate in. PLAIN AND SIMPLE!
Doesn’t mean you are wrong, doesn’t mean you are right!!!!
Inside of your realm of Fitness, if you run faster, pose better, lift heavier etc etc you are fitter than the person you are against. HOWEVER, take that person who can lift a lot and put them up against an Olympic Marathon Runner in running and you’ll find that the lifter is only good at lifting; and vice versa.
If you can’t follow this or simply RESPECT what people do inside their realm of fitness, then my answer to you regarding those “strict rules” you must follow is look at the textbook answer of fitness. It is based off of your VO2 MAX. The bodies ability to uptake maximum amount and utilization of oxygen. Utilizing this as a “gold standard”, if you will, you might say that bodybuilders and Olympic lifters are not the ‘fittest’ as their peak VO2 is not relatively high. Take a look at an Ironman Competitor versus a Biathlon Competitor… Now you have some high VO2 maxes, like Lance Armstrong. But the peak VO2 definition leaves out entire realms of fitness-related aspects, like strength, flexibility, mobility, anaerobic capacity, etc etc. So can we really utilize that as the “gold standard”….
It is a combination of them all, to what degree is actually pending on your definition and/or sport/event you are participating in. It is really that simple.
What we believe ‘Fitness’ is or entails… Increasing your ability to perform better at your event/sport, while enjoying the journey, finding yourself and longevity in what you do. We believe ‘Fitness’ is not about one singular aspect, but rather the journey you are on, and how we can help. Keep it simple stupid “K.I.S.S”.