Defining Fitness Part 1

Author: Morgan Vandenberg

Topic: Defining Fitness Series

Hashtags: #Crossfit #fitness #10generalphysicalskills

Crossfit is defined as constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity.

So, what is fitness? 

We are going to breakdown the definition of fitness by 4 different models starting with Model 1:

The 10 general physical skills

  1. Cardiovascular endurance
  2. Stamina
  3. Strength
  4. Flexibility
  5. Power
  6. Speed
  7. Accuracy
  8. Agility
  9. Coordination
  10. Balance

The first 4 skills can be improved through Training. While the last 4 skills can be improved through practice. Speed and power being the 2 general physical skills that are improved by both training and practice. 

The fittest person will have the best capacity across all 10, and a fitness program should develop your capacity in each area.   

Training versus Practicing 

“Training” is defined as the organic change within the muscular system: Your muscles and connective tissue get denser, stronger, etc. These are observable changes in body tissue. Practice” is defined as learning or refining a movement/motor pattern to allow for greater efficiency. There is a natural overlap between the two such that advancing one is not completely exclusive of the other.


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