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

TRIAL SESSIONS

TRIAL SESSIONSPosted on Feb 18, 2020 10:21 AMby ryanjupfrontfitness in Services, Trial sessions Trial sessions are all about establishing a firm foundation. If you’ve been following Upfront Fitness’ Facebook page for a while you may have...

AUTUMN SPECIALS AND PROMOTIONS

So to help you get going or keep going Upfront is running a few promotions. Check it out below: For every referral you provide to Upfront who successfully completes their trial session you get 5% off your next bill. (max of 4 people up-to 20% off)Upfront Fitness...

A HEALTH GAME CHANGER – WALKING

One of the first things I recommend to people looking to lose some weight and or even just improve their general health (this includes mental health) is to go for a walk. Why is this? Well, for me it’s the sheer amount of good and helpful things a walk provides for...

SWEET SOY SAUCE BEEF STRIPS

Ingredients: 250g of beef strips 3 tbsp kepcap manis (sweet soy sauce) 2 tbsp olive oil for cooking Method: Step 1: Add beef strips to a bowl and combine with sweet soy sauce. Mix well. Step 2: Allow mixture to marinade for at least 20 minutes but several hours is...

PEA AND CAULIFLOWER PUREE

Melt butter in a medium heat saucepan. Add cauliflower and cook until cauliflower gets a bit soft and starts to lightly caramelize.Add peas and mix well. Allow peas to warm and soften.Add milk. There is no real quantity for this. I usually add enough to almost come up...

MOROCCAN GARLIC CHICKEN

Ingredients:> 2 chicken breasts cut into 1/2 or 1/3 pieces.> 2-3 cloves of garlic> Spices– 1tsp paprika– 1.5 tsp of Moroccan seasoning– 1/2 tsp of oregano– 1/2 tsp onion powder– 1-1.5 tsp of salt– 1tsp pepper> 2 heaped tsp of flour> 1/2 tbsp of butterMethod:1. Mix...