Here's some more info on the Life Fitness I was talking about in my last post. Actually, let's call it something else...let's call it Beyond Strong - The program for life fitness...or something like that!
I believe that most non competitive but motivated trainees require a routine that pushes them but not too much. This doesn't mean you have to be lazy or never work hard but the majority of people only really require a slightly above average level of strength, conditioning and mobility. I may not be qualifying this all that well (it's late here) with 'slightly above average' so let me give you some examples.
- Wouldn't it be nice to carry your shopping without your arms dropping off!
- If you had to help someone push a car, it would be nice if you could do it without fear of a heart attack right?
- What if a member of your family has a fall and you need to be able to pick them up off the floor and carry them to the car. Can you?
- A friend asks you to do a 1/2 marathon in 2 months time for a charity close to your heart and thankfully your regular training allows you to get in shape in 6-8 weeks
- Walking up stairs is a joy not a chore
- You can burst into a sprint to catch the bus or the train about to leave
- A friend asks you to help them move house. No problem, your strong, fit and mobile.
These are a few of the everyday things that can and do occur in peoples lives all over the world no matter what their income, race, age or gender.
In the article The Perfect Warrior from November 2007 I stated the case for the term Beyond Strong.
"Greater than average strength levels combined with excellent endurance, maximum speed recruitment and a toughness to compete with the best in the worst situation. If you add that combination to ANY sport you are going to do very well indeed."
I still believe that to be true for the athletes who compete but now I also think there are different levels of Beyond Strong. Perhaps there are 3 levels. Level 1 for the average Joe or Jill. Level 2 for those competing in their spare time. And Level 3 for the more full time competitive athletes. Level 1 is what I am talking about right now.
Ponder on this as I continue experimenting and refining things.
A far from average Allan Wells tribute. Allan was a huge influence my athletics career as a junior in the 1980's