10 Areas of Fitness
There are 10 general physical fitness areas that are practiced regularly in Functional Fitness. Your level of fitness is in direct proportion of your ability and skills in these areas. Bottom line: if you want to be fit, be sure to focus on improving these areas and you will definitely increase your fitness, and hopefully your quality of life.
1. Cardiovascular endurance
The ability of your body to process and deliver oxygen to the rest of your body. This is your respiratory system’s efficiency & effectiveness.
The ability of your body to process and deliver energy and utilizing it.
The ability of a combination of muscles to apply force. The more strength you have, the more you are able to resist or create force upon an object.
The ability to maximize the full range of motion of any given joint. If you’re inflexible and lack mobility, that means you’re not able to use the maximum range of that joint. This can be hindered by an injury or tightness in the muscles.
Power is the ability of a combination of muscles to apply maximum force in a minimum amount of time. More power means more efficieny.
The ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement. In other words, how fast you’re going.
The ability of combining several movement patterns into a singular distinct movement. Whether that be hand-eye coordination, being able to move across a field, or jumping on a box, it all takes this coordination.
The ability to minimize the transition time from one movement pattern to another. An example would be a quarterback going from the hike, the snap of the ball, to catching the ball from the person who is hiking it to them, now being ready to pass the ball to the receiver.
The ability to control the placement of the body’s center of gravity in relation to its support base. When I think of balance, I think of a gymnast on a high beam. In fact, many movements in Functional Fitness & CrossFit require balance, whether that be pistols or jumping on a box, catching the snatch, and the clean-and-jerk.
The ability to control movement in a given direction or how at a given intensity. This includes throwing a baseball, hitting a baseball, and catching a baseball.
Training & development over time can improve endurance, stamina, strength, and flexibility. On the other hand, improvements in coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy come about through practice. Practice refers to activity that improves performance through changes in the nervous system. Improvements in power and speed require BOTH training and practice. These are the 10 areas of fitness that were first brought about by the people who created the Dynamax Medicine Balls, Jim Crawley and Bruce Evans of Dynamax (medicineballs.com)
What areas of fitness do you feel the most capable and gifted in? What areas do you have the the most challenges with? Let us know through the comments below. Did you learn something? Please share this post with your friends. Thank you for reading.
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