Fitness & Individualities (Actually Yours, Not Fitness's)

Many are the principles of strength training that we must consider when working out regarding to improving our performance and abilities to perform a different array of tasks. The principle of individuality is one of them.

Through this principle we might understand better the development of diverse physical abilities among athletes, even if they are performing the same activity, for the same number of breaths, same scheme of rest and recovery.

You increase a specific stimuli and two different people will respond in totally different manners. When you think about this principle, you can’t just think about adaptation, you must also consider that we’re talking about different bodies, genetics, body composition, measurements and mainly different metabolisms.

Age, sex, body composition, type of muscle fibers are just some of the variants which can affect our answer to training and our ability or not to complete a specific task.

Our environment also plays a crucial role in the response to any specific kind of training. We should not compare an athlete who invests the average of two hours a day on weightlifting, mobility and yoga with another athlete, who before getting to the gym works in an office, feeding sedentary habits eight hours a day, answering emails and stressful phone calls, and still has to find time for family, kids and house chores.

We shouldn’t do it even if we are talking about twins.

Simply by changing the daily routine of different people, you get to have a totally different response even if they share the same age, height, weight, body composition in general. We are talking about two different measurements.

And why do I give so much importance to the principle of biological individuality? Well, because I value my time as well as my clients and readers time.

I want my physical training to reflect my individualities, my needs and my objectives. If I ignore this principle, I might put myself in a demeaning pathway, subject to feeling demotivated, getting to the point of abandoning a habit that should actually be working on making me feel good and better.

And how do I do I know if I’m in the right pathway?

First I can hire a personal trainer to help me thought physical assessments from which we can check my flexibility, strength, coordination, agility, power, cardiorespiratory resistance, etc.

If any of those markers  are under what I would like them to be, I can work on my flaws and also get better on my strengths.

There are also a few questions that you should answer:

Why am I training?
What do I want to achieve?
Where did I get this objective room?
Is this goal realistic?

We should not be defining ourselves by a fully loaded barbell, being fast or slow in the WOD, a slum dunk, or running 1 km under three minutes.

As a trainer I consider a physical activity functional when it respects your own individualities; not when you have to kill yourself trying reach the common ground results of the physical activity you’ve chosen.

Strengthen your qualities and learn how to deal with what you consider weaknesses.

Keep Strong. But True to Yourself. Embrace Your Individualities.