5 Fitness Objectives And The Methods to Achieve Them
If we're talking about objectives then by default we must also be talking about methods. All too often one is talked about and not the other, or in unbalanced ways or simply with the wrong understanding what these things mean. So to be clear, let's define what we mean by the words Objective and Method.
Objective: What we want to achieve.
Method: How we're going to achieve it.
We're talking about the What and the How, because rationally speaking when there's a destination in mind, there's also a journey to get there - and we don't want to be travelling down the wrong road. Now, it's very important to acknowledge the sliding scale of fitness. Movement is Fitness, Movement is Health/Vitality/Life - Action = Reaction - so anything that we do that challenges our biology will result in adaptation to a certain degree. What we want to define is how to move in order to solicit the highest degree of adaptation appropriate to our objective.
What is meant by this is that if someone walks up a flight of stairs then they might get stronger - but only if walking up a flight of stairs was the most challenging thing their muscles have done in the recent past. In that case, it might be an appropriate method for that objective. If their biology wasn't challenged, then walking up a flight of stairs would not be an appropriate method any more.
1. Gain Strength
Strength Training predominantly stimulates the Central Nervous System, so therefore requires methodology that targets the Motor Units (nerves connected to muscles). Like the staircase analogy, there are many things that could potentially make you 'stronger' - it all depends on your current abilities/adaptations. If you've never lifted weights before, then simply going to the gym and lifting weights will help make you stronger. However, when our sole priority is Strength, then our goal is to lift progressively heavier and heavier weights. This means that we want to perform exercises that allow us to move the heaviest weights, and then use methods that a