Can you define fitness in 100 words? I don't know many people who can (trainers included), and those who attempt it spend a lot of time rambling on and on about cardio, exercise selection, reps and sets. None (so far) has been able to make the correlation that fitness is a combination of fuel (food) and movement (exercise). They'll figure it out sooner or later; then again maybe they won't.
CrossFit defines fitness as:
- Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.
- Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, Clean, Squat, Presses, Clean and Jerk, and Snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: Pull-ups, Dips, Rope Climb, Sit-ups, Push-ups, Presses to Handstand, Pirouettes, Flips, Splits and Holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc., hard and fast.
- Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense.
- Regularly learn and play new sports.
We at CrossFit Koncepts define fitness as:
- Eat the highest quality and variety of food that you can on a daily basis. If it comes in a can, box or bag then it is immediately suspect. Drink more water.
- Practice moving KB's, bars, etc. from the ground to overhead. Learn to master your bodyweight in all environments. If two hands are easy, use one.
- Make workouts fun, varied, intense and comprised of multiple skills.
- Learn new skills and sports regularly.
Not bad - we did it in 77 words!