As a personal trainer with many years of experience, I have seen the fitness industry go through a myriad of changes.
I have seen what works and what doesn't. I have seen the fads come and go as well as repeat themselves under different names and packaging.
The one thing that remains constant is knowing that there are at least 5 components of fitness that must be addressed in order to reach your goals and obtain optimal health.
Those components are Muscular Strength, Muscular Endurance, Cardiovascular fitness, flexibility and body composition.
I will address the first one here in this blog. Come back to learn about the others. Plus one I include which is Balance (neuro muscular strength)
Muscular Strength has to do with how much weight or resistance you can move for just one repetition. This becomes an excellent gauge of how you are progressing in your fitness programming.
With proper training in form and technique, anyone can see their strength improve over time. With increased strength comes increased lean muscle tissue. More lean muscle tissue equates to more calories being burned even when the routine is over!
This segues nicely into your body fat composition as does muscular endurance. If you are trying to lose weight or achieve better mobility for daily living, then spending time working on strength movements is essential.
Stay tuned for the next blog on the Components of Fitness.
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