What is Fitness?

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In this blog post we address the question, what is fitness? At CrossFit Clintonville we believe that total fitness consists of many different components, endurance, strength, power, speed, agility, balance, and flexibility for example. True fitness translates to your life in functional ways across many different activities. With a well-rounded fitness a person can be ready for anything. When invited to play beach volleyball, run a 5k, complete an obstacle course or help move heavy furniture up three flights of stairs a fit person is ready for all of the above. At CrossFit Clintonville our members aspire to gain a balanced fitness which allows them to get as much out of life as possible. We help them get there by training them in all aspects of fitness and charting progress towards a true balanced fitness. For us fitness does not begin and end with a number on a scale or an image in a mirror. At CrossFit Clintonville fitness is all about answering the question, what can you do?

When a person is too narrowly focused on one aspect of fitness they neglect other aspects that are also important. Examples of this would include:

  • The weightlifter who gets winded walking up a flight of stairs.
  • The yogi who can’t run a mile.
  • The marathon runner who can’t jump on top of a 12 inch box.

There is nothing wrong with having specific goals or specializing. However, we do not define a person as truly fit unless they possess a well-rounded fitness. Cultivating a well-rounded fitness is achieved by cross-training all components at once. Thus creating a strong, balanced foundation of functional movement that a person can rely upon. Possessing this type of fitness creates a confidence where a person is ready for anything life may throw their way.

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