WHAT EVEN IS ‘BEING FIT’?

So, I hear this phrase a lot when I am talking to people interested in doing some training. People know I have a primary interest in strength and hypertrophy and seem to think this is too narrow a spectrum of ‘fitness’. The conversation goes something like this:“So what are you wanting to achieve? What is your ideal vision of yourself?”“I want to be fit”“What is fit?”“Well I want to get stronger…um…leaner…um….better cardio, I dunno, fit, you know?”“Ok sure *insert explanation of Upfront’s services here*”“Yeah but I want to be fit…you know…you mainly do like strength stuff…I want all round fitness”And then I wince a little. Being ‘fit’ and having ‘all round fitness’ is all well and good except no one can properly explain to me what they mean by it. This is a symptom of a general push over the last few decades that doing SOMETHING active is better than doing NOTHING active. While this may be true, I will continue to rebut ‘not all somethings, are equal’.What the beginner must understand is that adaptation is specific to the stress induced. Lets look at an Olympic athlete, say a swimmer, say a world record holder swimmer, now I ask you: is he/she fit? You would no doubt say ‘yes, duh’. Because the assumption is that lots of physical exercise = fit person. But lets think about this, is this hypothetical Olympic swimmer fit for Olympic weightlifting? Olympic Sprinting? Well the answer is, no. By contrast the Olympic world record weightlifter is not fit FOR swimming. My point here is that fitness is specific to the activity you wish to perform at. A person at 70+ is ‘fit’ if their medical screenings indicate a general state of positive health and they are able to shower, go up and down stairs etc without aids. So then fitness is relative.People who want to be ‘fit’, typically mean they want a little bit of everything, also known as ‘general fitness’. And this is fine, but you don’t need a bit of every kind of training to get general fitness. A lot of my clients for example will do a few weekly bouts of low intensity steady state cardio plus their x3 resistance training sessions and see fantastic results that have huge transfers over to day to day life. Keep up with the kids better, less fatigue, better sleep, weight loss, improved body composition leading to improved aesthetics and the list goes on.Take away: if you want to be fit, THATS GREAT! please make a start now. But ask yourself what is it you want to accomplish? You don’t need to be a marine to be fit for your context, 3 sessions of resistance training per week alone can have tremendous results on ones health. Get the basics right and reap the rewards. Beyond that, the options are as limitless as your imagination. Upfront’s passion is to help you get the ball rolling.Best of luck getting fit.Regards, Ryan J

CONGRATULATIONS MATT DAWSON!

Congratulations Matt Dawson! What a solid 6 months it’s been. We will be uploading a video of Matt recounting his time with Upfront so far some time in the next week. For now we can take a look at his first 1RM session. Plenty of form fixes for the future, but...

FLEXIBLE SLOW COOKER LAMB

This is the recipe from my extremely versatile slow cooker lamb video featured on my facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/1662831393835438/posts/2047264908725416/)Ingredients: (NOTE: Most of these are approximates. It’s a very forgiving recipe. Put more or less in...

PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINER CAMPBELLTOWN

Ryan Jansen is an experienced and professional Personal Trainer in the Campbelltown and all surrounding suburbs. Upfront Fitness focuses on a customised work out around you and your unique goals to give you more results from less time. Each client is unique, and we...

UPFRONT FITNESS – WHAT IS IT WE DO?

Lifestyle matters…you do it every day In this blog I want to share with you exactly what it is that Upfront Fitness actually does, because even as its owner, this is something I struggled for a long while to be able to articulate clearly. See, there’s this thing in...

YOU GOT YOURSELF INTO IT, YOU CAN GET YOURSELF OUT

You got yourself into this mess, and I’m sorry to say, I can’t get you out of it.Today’s blog post is about the very heart of Upfront Fitness’ mission: Independence. Firstly, why do personal trainers exist? To fix a problem. What is the problem? Well typically people...

SEASONED CHICKEN WRAP

This is my recipe for a super fast easy seasoned chicken wrap. I think it’s delicious as it really suits my preferred tastes and it’s whipped up in no time.Ingredients:> 1 tortilla/ wrap (your choice it really doesn’t matter)> Grated cheese 13g> Grated carrot 30g +...

YOU’VE REACHED YOUR GOAL! …NOW WHAT?

Without trying to get too philosophical this morning I think the reality that our desires and appetites are never quite satisfied is really interesting. I thought about this as I looked at my reflection this morning as I begin my cut. The lighting wasn’t flattering...