For the majority of people, Athletic performance and general fitness don’t match up in the same category. In actual fact, an athlete and general fitness enthusiast can be in the exact same category when it comes to dysfunction and training. Do not fool yourself into thinking that your training should be any different if you do not consider yourself an athlete! The human body is athletic in every movement we make.
When it comes to fitness conditioning it’s important to get a clear understanding on what category you fall into so any program you follow will address your needs. There are three main components to think about. Movement which means you have optimal functional movement. Performance which shows adequate power and coordinated movement. And, skill, that shows you have optimal sports-specific or activity-specific skill.
For many people there is an imbalance between these areas. There can be an over Powered or underpowered athlete/individual or under-skilled. Take someone who is highly powered but un-stable. This individual may seem strong but lacks appropriate stability to reduce injuries and transfer even more power. Or take an athlete who is highly skilled in their sport but is actually lacking strength, power or consistency and fizzles out early in the game. There needs to be a reason on why you are training the way you do! Even basic fat loss programs need to address limitations.
Many training programs now have become far too specialized and fancy. You must keep it simple! True success lies in the individual who can move with appropriate range of motion, has an increased sense of body awareness and an appropriate amount of power production. You need to have enough stability, mobility and proper movement to handle loads and forces during training, life and game play! You will then feel like you are in control of your surroundings and any chance of injuries is greatly reduced!
So, what is next? What does this all mean for you? It means don’t exercise blindly! Do not follow generic programs. Think about your weaknesses and limitations when you move and find out how to reduce them. Education is the key to fitness success!