Seven Areas of Complete Fitness

In a previous post, I committed myself to becoming a certified personal trainer (CPT). While the preparation for the CPT NASM exam is much more challenging than what I assumed it would be, I’ve learned a lot about how to structure a fitness program for myself and for others as well.

To start with, almost every customized fitness program should touch on seven different fitness areas for a balanced, full body workout. 

  • Flexibility
  • Balance
  • Core
  • Speed, Agility and Quickness (SAQ)
  • Plyometrics
  • Resistance (weight) training
  • Cardio

Notice the practical use of almost all of these concepts simultaneously:

This dad uses his cardio training to keep up with the kid, core strength to chase him while bent down, SAQ to catch him before the kid eats it, and weight training to lift him up while balancing on one foot. Impressive!

Focusing on each of these things not only makes for a better athlete and a quick-reacting dad, but also minimizes injury at advanced workout stages.

In fact, if you dissect almost any popular workout program, you’ll find almost all of these elements are represented in it. For example, P90X has strength and core training three days a week, Yoga X (flexibility, balance, core), Plyo X (for both pluometrics and SAQ) and Kenpo X (cardio).

I’ll discuss my routine for each of these areas of fitness in future posts, so stay tuned!

Let’s do this!

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