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    Looking fit versus being fit!

    I always want to write and talk about fitness, writing, talking and fitness all being passions of mine!

    And with the fitness industry there’s a lot of confusion over many topics so I am going to write about relevant issues doing my best to illuminate some of these topics in a way that will hopefully clear up the confusion.

    So when we talk about being fit, I think it should be about embracing the embodiment of the word –

    fit•ness (fĭt′nĭs)

    • n. The state or condition of being fit; suitability or appropriateness.
    • n. Good health, especially good physical condition resulting from exercise and proper nutrition.

    So in a nutshell I think fitness is about being fit, not just looking fit. In the pic above who do you think looks fit and who is actually fit?

    We have a bodybuilder and we have a CrossFit athlete.

    Now I know some excellent bodybuilding coaches and participants and they know their craft. But they will be the first to admit that being able to jump, run (sprint or distance), play sport (agility, acceleration, power, mobility, flexibility), throw, balance etc are not skills taught in bodybuilding.

    Generally the goal is to look good and the definition of “good” in bodybuilding is very defined in the judging criteria and usually includes having ridiculously large muscles! Bodybuilders turn heads, they attract attention and they often have to walk sideways through doors! Does this make them fit?

    Debatable in my book.

    To be fit in my mind is to be healthy and this is backed up by the definition of fitness above.

    Our bodies are complex arrangements of bones, muscles and connective tissues that from a medical standpoint move in 7 “patterns” and in 3 planes and you can read more about this in my previous post here.

    To be fit is to function optimally in a human anatomical and biomechanical fashion (appropriateness, as in the definition above). This will help with sports and athletic pursuits. So as a first base all of us should be able to function well in the 7 movement patterns and 3 planes and then to get fitter, increase loading in the movements that then stimulates a muscular, cardiovascular and joint response leading to overall biological adaptation.

    This sounds complicated but it really is not if the individual tasked with the role of getting you fitter understands it!

    Being fitter will also increase your health status and reduce the chances of developing disease.

    The pathway to finding a professional that knows how to best help you is not easy but doing a bit of research and embracing knowledge makes good sense! I am not saying that CrossFit is the be all and end al solution because it is not, however the ethos of this sport embraces many of the true concepts of what it means to be fit.

    There are many excellent CrossFit coaches out there, you just have to find one that takes the good bits from the sport and combines them with a sensible approach to getting you fit! So your job is to determine what you need and find a professional that can provide it!

    We all want to attain our ideal weights, increase all-round fitness and health and maximise our quality of lifestyle – 30-45 minutes a day is really all it takes, it can be done at home, at the park or beach or when travelling. You just need to know what to do!

    At 3Truths Fitness we have taken out the guesswork, used our wealth of experience and educational backgrounds to deliver the best value for money you can find!

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