Fitness and health have long been seen as being the same thing. Typically, if you look in shape, you’re presumably “healthy” and/or if you can perform well in the gym or your chosen sport, you’re seemingly ‘fit’. But is it that simple? With the ever increasing pressure to be ‘good and look good doing it’ there seems to us at Lomax, that there is a problem lurking on the horizon.
Generally speaking, being fit ‘enough’ is about how well you can perform tasks on a day-to-day basis or how well you perform a particular sport, whilst still being able to conduct your everyday life; injury free or overtired. It’s about finding that equilibrium between ‘fitness’ and ‘health’ to achieve ‘wellness’. Wellness is an interesting concept as it encompasses both physical and intangible elements such as mental and emotional wellbeing.
However, ‘balance’ is not easy to define, as it is subjective. One person’s rest is another persons stress – you only have to look at the wonderful game of Golf for a fine example of what some people view as mental or physical relaxation vs. ‘a long walk ruined’.
At Lomax we believe the focus should be on achieving ‘optimum performance’ – the ability to achieve not just one, but all of your goals, without sacrifice or stress.
When it comes to athletes and performance, they tend to perform well because they sacrifice a ton of their lifetime to training and the development of a particular set of skills. The generally accepted view of what ‘fitness’ means has been studied no-where more overtly than in the world of ‘Cross-fit’ who break fitness into 10 ‘domains’ or ‘measures’.
This is a useful place to start, but it still doesn’t encapsulate the importance we derive from aesthetics. There is no doubt Cross-fit athletes are in amazing shape. It might not be how you want to look (especially women who have an abject fear of muscle bulking), but it can’t be factually argued with.
And this is the problem, we all look in the mirror everyday have an aesthetic view to what our fitness is, because people attribute fitness to image. It is important to us, in fact so important that I would say that aesthetical fitness has become one of the most important ‘negative-positives’ in modern culture.
How fit do people look?
Back to the Cross-fitters – some of the people we call the “fittest people on earth” technically aren’t healthy. If they are athletes, then they can potentially be very close to injury breakdown. Some people who work very long hours and then go ahead and hammer themselves in the gym, joining HIIT classes everyday, are very close to immune collapse because they are not exercising correctly or in the right way for their bodies.
We loose sight of the need for most of these ‘domains’ and obsess on the areas that we believe make us look fit c/o @lomaxpt
We lace up our running shoes and ‘go-hard’ because that’s how it works right?
The rise in popularity of HIIT across the country is causing people physical and mental stress – at a cellular level and at an immune function level – even though those instagrammers may look fit!
Interestingly though (probably the subject for another post) there is a correlation between our attitudes to fitness and our approach to work. Somewhere, we have begun to misunderstand the difference between ‘working’ and ‘productivity’ – have you ever received an out of hours ‘update’ email from a colleague and then gone on social and seen a picture of their new superboost, air-filled, connected trainer clad feet having just hammered a 5am 10k park run, before brunching at the new super-food café in town?
And it’s a confusing mind-field mainly due to the rise of ‘social fitness’ and by that I mean the double whammy of the meteoric rise of Classpass and the associated social media post-exercise selfie, just goes on to exaggerate the misconception between being fit and looking fit.
Look at the simple facts. We aren’t going to change our mindset, unless some global disaster strikes and suddenly excess body fat becomes important for the survival of the fittest – wait a minute, isn’t that now??
So – let’s start with the information about your body. How is it composed?
Typically the people we think of who look fit aesthetically do have a higher ratio of muscle in relation to their visible body structure. Athletes, typically have a very similar profile, but also have certain types of muscle fiber. Healthy people (according the medical standards) have all of these, plus low visceral fat levels, cholesterol and cortisol (the stress hormone). It stands to reason then that if you focus on ‘optimum performance’ you need to build a body in a similar ratio to these groups for the majority of your life! Strong, well hydrated and with a higher % of muscle to fat.
So how do we do this?
You need to start out by first trying to understand where you are in that ratio. What does your body actually look like and then comparing that to how you feel. Not what you look like in the mirror or how many bench presses you can do. Just put simply, do you have more fat or more muscle and what would you be happy with on a daily basis? How much water do you hold? What’s your bone density? What’s your metabolic age? And are there any nasty out-of-site ‘visceral’ fat issues? Are you sleeping or do you lie awake staring at the ceiling regretting the chips you stole from your mate’s plate?
At Lomax, we use tools that science and technology have given us to create measures that help towards the achievement of real goals.
Our investment in the Boditrax technologies, which provides an in-depth precision body composition analysis, enables both us and you to track, report and share individualized data about your body to help you understand and see how your body is composed, how your body reacts and how your body changes to different training methods and nutritional pathways.
The metrics that are used include: weight, segmental muscle and fat, total, intra and extra cellular fluids, skeletal and abdominal cavity analysis, metabolic efficiency, metabolic age and cellular performance.
The 80 | 20 Body Concept
The reason we call it the 80% body is because 80% of the time you will be able to maintain that body composition, looking, feeling and most importantly performing at a high level, so that if you have an event in your life you can very quickly and safely and factually improve whatever measure you feel is necessary at the time – shift a bit of extra body fat, improve strength or endurance, recover from having a baby, rather than the yo-yo scenario that tends leave us all miserable and takes way to long.
To me, this is balance.
It’s performance led and because of that can be measured to give you real ‘factual’ feedback upon which you can benchmark your own subjective success, rather than trying to be the best at everything at once, burn fat, build muscle, be good at work, win races, be an incredible lover!
The objective of this blog is to explain to you how to get to a point where you are happy with your body from a performance and aesthetic view. Our articles will aim to explore and help you get to that position of being at your 80% body to be able to perform at high levels and maintain a positive mental state.
Once this is established, we can then create that feeling of wellbeing, leading you on to fundamentally perform better in your job, at the gym, as a family member at very little cost to yourself and others around you.
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