The Purpose of Physical Fitness

General Physical Preparedness (GPP) or what I call “physical fitness” is the ability to apply work over a period of time with a goal of improving your quality of movement.

During this time your primary focus should be improving mobility and progressively enhancing work capacity. GPP improves all aspects of your physical fitness:

  • Cardiovascular fitness
  • Flexibility
  • Strength
  • Power
  • Speed
  • Dynamic strength

The demands of an athlete will be different from person to person. During a GPP phase of training for an athlete (if the athlete has maintained a good level of  physical fitness throughout the season), the goal will be maintenance and restoration.

Many tend to overlook progression and immediately demand an end result, but it doesn’t work that way. People need to understand that adaptation will occur with time. Think about any Martial Art; how many of you would approach your Instructor/Sensei and demand a black belt right off the bat? Training demands the same respect.

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