Merriam-Webster defines fitness as “the quality or state of being fit”. I think everyone has a differing definition of what it means to be physically fit. After all there are many different components to being physically fit such as: muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, body composition, cardiovascular endurance, etc.
My philosophy of fitness has changed a lot throughout my life. In high school, I strictly cared about my 1RM (1 Repetition Max) for compound lifts such as barbell squat, bench press, and deadlift. At the beginning of my career in the Marines it was about packing on as muscle as I possibly could while also being able to run 3 miles quickly and crank out 20 pull-ups. I also had a time where I focused mainly on long distance running and calisthenics.
My fitness philosophy today is one that is closely aligned CrossFit or becoming a jack of all trades. I want all of my energy systems to be adequately trained so that I can run a half marathon as well run sprints, I want to be able to deadlift three times my bodyweight as well be able to perform pull-ups and handstands with ease, I want to be able to tackle any physical challenge that can be thrown at me and I want to be able to do it well. Obviously, this type of training means that an individual would never be the best at any one component of fitness, but could still excel in certain components while remaining adequate or average in others.
Fitness prepares our mind and body for the stresses of everyday life and life is full of complicated situations and complex challenges. Then why limit your training to 3×12 for all muscle groups, or jogging a few miles every other day? Our body is an incredible machine capable of amazing feats, we should strive to challenge it both physically and mentally on a daily basis and in a safe fashion.
What’s your fitness philosophy?