What is fitness or rather, what does fitness mean to me?
Does it mean burning calories and being “skinny”? No.
Does it mean lifting dumbbells, barbells and having huge, jacked muscles? Also no.
To me fitness means maximizing my body’s potential for physical performance.
To me, fitness doesn’t mean physique. Not that I don’t think physique has a role. 100% physique and body composition (body fat levels) have a huge role, but I think it’s importance takes a back seat to performance.
I’ll use my own experience as an example: For years I went to a globo gym, “lifted weights” body building style, ran, did cardio, ate salads. Salads are the key right? All I got was “skinny fat”. I’m sure if I had more guidance or used a personal trainer for a longer period of time, sure, I could have had better results. Chasing “skinny” never really seemed to work for me, and even when I was at my “skinniest” I still don’t even think I looked that great. At least not in my opinion.
After a couple years of being a personal trainer myself, I finally decided to bite the bullet and join CrossFit.
My friends had been trying to convince me for about a year, so I finally gave in. My personal training style was very functional fitness based already, so I loved CrossFit right away.
That’s when things in my mind and my mindset started to change. I started looking at things from a performance perspective, instead of a scale and aesthetic perspective. I started chasing numbers on the barbell and on the board and it was so much more rewarding than trying to be “skinny”.
An amazing thing happened when I started training and eating for performance. The aesthetics and physique started to follow! Especially once I dialled in my nutrition from a performance stand point, then I really started to notice my body becoming leaner.
You need to eat to fuel your body, but also eat proportionately to promote LEAN body mass. Let’s face it, your body just isn’t going to function or perform at its best with a body fat amount that is too high.
I don’t believe in body shaming, but the truth is that your body just doesn’t want to carry around that extra fat. It won’t be at its best, YOU won’t be at your best! You’ll feel sluggish, slow, and fatigued.
Once you focus on those performance goals, and fuel your body for performance, the rest just falls into line. And performance doesn’t have to be localized to CrossFit – Performance can mean your days work at your job, or playing with your kids/grandkids. Body composition is just a beautiful byproduct of performance training and performance based nutrition!
Eat Better – Feel Better – Perform Better