Total fitness is more than just strength and conditioning... It is the combination, compromise and fluid interaction between cardiorespiratory endurance, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, accuracy and toughness
Fitness programs are usually split up into two categories... strength and conditioning.
However... Total fitness is oh so much more than that!
Many physical fitness programs work under the assumption that fitness can be broken down into different components and trained separately.
But what happens when sport, work or life challenges you with an activity that requires the combination, compromise and fluid interaction of physical abilities?
Can a body trained in a robotic fashion function as one complete, effective unit when called upon?
Total fitness is the ability to effectively use and integrate different physical abilities into a fluid and successful completion of a task.
So how do you train for total fitness?
By participating in a physical fitness program that trains the body to work as one complete unit and that understands all physical abilities must be trained to complement the others.
By using a wide variety of training methods, stresses and intensities to blur the lines between the training of the different physical abilities... you can create total fitness for the greatest amount of physical activities under the greatest amount of circumstances.
Sometimes physical abilities unrelated to strength and conditioning are neglected from physical training programs or completely absent.
This is a big mistake... because total fitness is what will provide the greatest amount of performance improvement for skills necessary in sport, work and life.
If you are seeking functional strength, superior conditioning and fitness excellence and your workout program is broken down into isolated strength and conditioning sessions... you should look into changing your physical training protocol to include the training of other physical abilities and the interaction of all the abilities.
And for those of you that view physical training as a means to improve appearance... here is a little tip.
There is no faster way to create the body that you want than training for functional strength, superior conditioning and fitness excellence.
You cannot trick your body into looking fit without actually being fit... and even if you could, why would you want to?
Train for a body that performs as good as it looks and you will create the body you always wanted... Train for total fitness.