What Does It Mean To Be 'Fit'?

A rugby player in the world cup verses an elite triathlete. Who is more ‘fit’. Truth be told; there is no answer. Swap the athletes into each others sport of choice and you can almost guarantee they will not succeed.

The old definition of ‘fit’ pretty much said the fittest person is whoever can run the furthest without passing out. With the increasing popularity of strength training and weightlifting (thanks crossfit) as well as the ideas of functional movement our definition has evolved.

These days fitness is an all encompassing word which takes meaning from many different physical capacities such as

  • Strength

  • Power

  • Endurance

  • Coordination

  • Mobility

  • Speed

  • Flexibility

  • Plus many more....

Often you will find that fitness is skill-specific. Running a lot will improve your speed and endurance on the track but jump in a pool and you will find that the fitness from running isn’t very transferable to swimming. It is important to increase your ‘fitness’ over a range of modalities and physical capacities such as the ones above.

The key is not to become bogged down in one specific definition of fit. There is a broad spectrum of fitness and every time you improve in any of these areas you are physically more capable than you were yesterday.

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