The purpose of this series of articles is to explain the various areas of development an individual should consider when creating a balanced fitness program. Programs designed in this way allow for growth in several areas as opposed to sticking with one domain.
In future posts each category will be examined individually, the overall objective is for you to be able to create a balanced program for yourself with a lifetime of improvement.
I break this down into four categories
- Bodyweight Movement
- Weightlifting Movements
- Metabolic Conditioning
Bodyweight Movements: the ability to move ones body-weight through resistance is very important for real life strength. Push ups, pull ups, air squats, burpees, handstands the list is endless.
Weightlifting Movements: learning to perform compound lifts such as the Squat, Deadlift and Power Clean are essential. The combination of Power-Lifting and Olympic Movements provide an invaluable tool for growth.
Metabolic Conditioning: all the skill in the world will be useless if you are too tired to perform. Pushing yourself through tough workouts will not only develop your gas tank, it can also build unbreakable mental toughness that flows out into your everyday life.
Mobility/Flexibility: the most important but often overlooked area. Setting aside time to warm up and cool down is demanded if you are truly committed to your improvement. No excuses.