Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Day 85: Definition of Fitness - What is yours?

5x5 Bench Press
12 strict pull ups/12 toes to bar/ 20 second L-Sit hold between each set

12 Rounds:
400M run 
10 Burpees

Out of all the activities/sports portrayed below, which one do you think requires the highest fitness level? Not only do I want to know which one, I also want to know WHY you think that activity/sport demands higher fitness levels than the others. 

Outside Magazine crowned triathlete Mark Allen “the fittest man on earth” (http://web.outsidemag.com/magazine/0297/9702fefit.html). Let’s just assume for a moment that this famous six-time winner of the IronMan Triathlon is the fittest of the fit, 
then what title do we bestow on the decathlete Simon Poelman (http://www.decathlon2000.ee/english/legends/poelman.htm) who 
also possesses incredible endurance and stamina, yet crushes Mr. Allen in any comparison that includes strength, power, speed, and 

Perhaps the definition of fitness doesn’t include strength, speed, power, and coordination though that seems rather odd. Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines “fitness” and being “fit” as the ability to transmit genes and being healthy. No help 
there. Searching the Internet for a workable, reasonable definition of fitness yields disappointingly little. Worse yet, the NSCA, the most respected publisher in exercise physiology, in their highly authoritative Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning doesn’t even attempt a definition.

What is your definition?