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November 28, 2017

When many people start their fitness journey they are more focused on the more obvious aspects of fitness: power, speed, and endurance. Displays of these attributes are often what thrill us as spectators. A slam dunk in basketball, a home run that looks like it might m...

September 24, 2017

So You Want to be Fit?

SPEED

Speed is the final topic in the 5 fundamental components of fitness. Unlike skill, speed is a bit more obvious. Perhaps the most recognizable show of speed is running quickly in a straight line. Expressions of speed are varied, however, and i...

September 18, 2017

So You Want to be Fit

SKILL

Skill is often overlooked as a component of fitness and it is just as often misunderstood. This is because some displays of skill are very obvious, but some very fundamental skills are not. In sports, tasks requiring obvious skill include thin...

August 31, 2017

So You Want to be Fit?

STAMINA

Stamina is also known as endurance or fortitude. Though a core component of fitness, there are different types of stamina and different ways to conceptualize it. For example, the ability to run a long distance is one type of stamina, but th...

So You Want to be Fit?

Part 5

Suppleness is probably one of the most confusing components of fitness. First, suppleness can be passive or active. That is, passive suppleness is the ability to be moved through a range of motion and active suppleness is the ability to move...

August 18, 2017

So, you want to be fit?

Strength:

In the context of fitness, strength is most simply defined as the ability to exert force. Powerlifting is a good example of a sport that relies heavily on strength. Each lift is performed for one repetition at a time with maximal weight.

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August 15, 2017

So You Want to be Fit

Components of Fitness:

In the previous post we talked about the definition of fitness and how it is relative to the task. That is, it is not really possible to compare the fitness of a marathon runner versus a powerlifter without also giving them so...

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