Fit Enough Assessing the Ideal Level of Fitness

The next blog posts will be my journey and thoughts on this topic. Part of it will be science, and most of it will be an opinion and personal experience, since I have navigated this topic in my personal life for many reasons. Bear with me, and I hope you all find value in how I break this down and why.

Where to start? I still don’t know. My fitness life has changed, evolved and continues to do so. The vast majority of people come to the gym to lose unwanted body fat, feel better, have more energy and lead a healthy lifestyle. But what does this mean? The boundaries between health and fitness can often contradict themselves. Because some people pursue high levels of fitness, they are probably less healthy. It all depends on how you define health. So, I think that’s where we’re going to start. What is Health?

The dictionary definition of health, “The state of being free from health-issue and health-issue.”There’s a lot to unpack, and I’m going to need a few blog posts to do it.

In the world of Functional Fitness and CrossFit, health is defined as “increased working capacity over wide time, modal and age ranges. Working capacity is the ability to perform actual body work, measured by force x Distance / time. Fitness then is the ability to work in as many areas as possible. So, in terms of health, your ability to maintain body fitness is measured.”It’s mouth full and can be difficult to understand and digest. Basically, with this definition, you will not be considered healthy if you are not able to do work. For example, in the field of functional fitness and CrossFit, someone who can run 5 km in less than 20 minutes, but who cannot do pull-ups or deadlifts, could be a good runner, but he is not healthy or fit. They are limited in their ability to work. On the other hand, the person who can lift deadlifts twice his body weight, but who cannot run a mile without walking, is also not healthy or fit.

Interestingly, a CrossFit athlete/coach, Adam Klink, just ran a mile in less than 5 minutes and then went back 500 pounds on the same day. It was something in the world of sports performance that was considered impossible. Is this person the pinnacle of health and fitness? Matt Fraser, Tia Toomey or so many other crazy CrossFit athletes?

Thinking about the definition of CrossFit health, following and watching a lot of great CrossFit athletes in the industry, I can understand why the last ten years of my functional training journey have led my mind to a performance-oriented thought process. And in this thought process, my current struggle lies in the fact that I am trying to achieve health and live an optimal life.

In my quest for performance in my early twenties, I neglected the theoretical hierarchy of an athlete’s development to achieve optimal health and fitness. I left the reason for this and failed to recognize, implement and train my body correctly according to energy systems and taking into account stress factors and other things that happen with a developing life. I’m here today to break this down because I’ve been questioning my own thoughts, beliefs and goals when it comes to health and fitness.

Next week I will detail how I continue to develop my thoughts on the health pyramid in relation to my current life and how I want to help people lead a healthy and fit lifestyle. Here is a picture of how I am getting closer to my health and fitness.

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