Mariusz Steckiewicz, January 13, 2020
Sport And Fitness: Know the difference
There is a clear distinction between sport and fitness training.
Sports training aims to enhance the performance level of the athlete/trainee for the sporting event at which the participant is to excel against the opponents. It is to perform better than others. This creates often a situation when the contestant compromises one’s health for a better result in order to outperform others. Health and wellbeing are pushed down in the list of priorities. Athletes and coaches are aware of their choice, however, the amount of work put into learning the techniques, mastering the movements and both, general and specific preparation, are in most cases, suffice to prevent serious injuries.
Athletic training takes into consideration movement patterns, energy systems, specific conditions, individual abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. It leads an athlete through the carefully prepared training program progressively overloading the desired qualities with the intention of peaking for the event. It is based on the Science and Art of Coaching.
It takes long years to understand one’s body and engrave the correct movement pattern into the training routines.
“Forging Elite Fitness”
Many popular recently activities, camouflaged behind the slogan of “Fitness” include this strong element of competitiveness to exceed one’s boundaries forgetting that this strong sense of becoming “the fittest” often compromises the very core of the fitness; that is the health and movement mastery.
Improvement is rooted in the movement control and NOT in AMRAP or EMOM WODs, of hundreds of repetitions of a poor quality movement.
Poor quality movements combined with unconditioned trainees, irresponsible teaching and non-sense modalities selections ask for common injuries of shoulders, back, knees, wrists, and ankles.
What’s Your Goal?
Fitness is the wellbeing when a participant is working holistically to excel against one’s own results, not others, while recognizing individual limitations and respects one’s own body and needs.
The role of fitness is to improve health, wellbeing through a balanced, systematic and methodologic approach to physical training, nutrition, and social element of life.
In nowadays life, where everything is pushed straight to mainstream media, reaching millions of viewers believing in any promise, it takes few mouse clicks and a couple of flashy photos accompanied by a catchy slogan. Don’t get trapped by marketing slogans or persuasion of so-called influencers or weekend experts. Find the activity which truly addresses your needs and limitations in order to make you better than you were yesterday not better that your WOD comrades.
If you really have a need to compete against others, then do as you please but if the health is your primary interest, then know the difference.