So you wanna get fit? Then you need to understand what FITTE really means. No, I didn’t spell it wrong…FITTE stands for Frequency, Intensity, Time, Type and Enjoyment. When thinking about designing your fitness routine, understanding what the FITTE principle means will help you in your fitness and weight-loss goals.
Recently, I had the opportunity to support a colleague & friend of mine in her very first fitness competition. She posted on her Facebook page that the event would be in my neck of the woods (Washington, DC metro area) and asked if anyone in the area would be competing too. Since I had not seen her in a while (she lives in Charlottesville, VA), I decided to go and support her. In her Facebook post, she posted the link to the event and I clicked on it.
The rectus abdominis is quite an extraordinary muscle. They are so nice to look at!! Sooo nice! The rectus abdominis is also known as the abs. Ah…now I’ve got your attention. I’ll refer the rectus abdominis to “abs” from here on out because that’s how the muscle is typically identified. The abs are indeed a pretty damn cool looking muscle.
When the dance and fitness worlds collide, four beautiful principles come together!Comfortable: absence of pain and distress, free of anxiety, feeling of ease and securityChallenge: full use of your abilities and resources during trying but stimulating situationsCompassion: awareness of the needs of others and a desire to alleviate a person's sufferingConfidence: trust, faith, and self-assurance; a belief in your own abilitiesWhat are the senses of comfortable challenges?
Measuring intensity can be important for your aerobic activity. The intensity (or level of demand placed on your body) should be high enough that you are benefiting from the exercise but not so high that....well...you pass out! The only accurate way to do this is to hook yourself up to expensive lab equipment and not only would it be too bulky and inconvenient to pull behind you during your morning run, it would probably clash with what you were wearing.
When speaking with clients and potential clients, personal trainers are often asked their opinions about the latest fad in the exercise industry. I can't count how many times I am asked my view on such workouts as P90X, CrossFit, etc. While these are good workout programs that certainly have their place with certain segments of the population, I do not recommend them for beginners or people who have returned to exercise after a long lapse. For these clients, it is important to first master correct posture and form before jumping in to more advanced levels of exercise.
Probably during these extreme training or competition events you fill like you’re getting your value as an extreme conditioning enthusiast. This is likely very true on the short. However, extended activities in this range of intensity can deplete body recovery systems enough to intensify injury issues such as overuse injuries. Using periodization will allow for breaks to this intensity. Also, having physicals prior to engaging and reengaging the periods of the extreme conditioning will help identify possible negative effects.