All round fitness
This is a very general question and therefore one that could be met with a very general answer. The answer could be as simple as: all round training, a bit of cardio, a bit of resistance and a bit of flexibility work. I’d probably ad in a little bit of an understanding of nutrition for overall health and happiness, but this person hasn’t actually asked that.
Be specific with your goal
When I worked as a personal trainer and a new clients came to me I would ask them which of the following they want; I also asked for complete honesty, as most people don’t want to admit their real goal.
- Do you want to look good above all else? Forget health, forget being able to lift big weights, you want aesthetics?
- Do you want to be healthy about all else? Forget how you look, forget lifting big weights or running 5km. You want to be healthy and live a long life
- You want to be able to run/swim/bike etc easily and quickly for long periods of time. You don’t care about looking good, lifting big, the
cardiovasculaerfitness is paramount.
- You want to lose weight/fat for an event like a wedding or summer holiday. Health and fitness are as important as looking a certain way for that event.
- A mix of 2 or more of the above.
If I am honest, which I asked my clients to be, around 80% of them admitted that aesthetics were the most important factor for them. Even those that said cardiovascular fitness was paramount as they had signed up for the marathon or a
The point then, is to be SPECIFIC with the GOAL and to be HONEST with yourself. If you have ever heard of the SMART goal setting acronym, the first element “S” is Specific, so my that would be the first thing I’d say to the individual. All round fitness is all well and good, but can yo be more specific? Why? What for? Oh, you want to join the Royal Marines? Ok, now we can be specific with the elements of fitness. You play football? Ok, now we can be specific with what to train. You are worried about health and illness, ok, now we can bring in nutrition and prehab. You see my point?
What’s best for “All round Fitness”
To answer the question as it is, I would suggest an all round fitness plan to cover all round fitness:
- A sensible nutrition plan as no one can out-train a bad diet. My ebook Successful Eating has this covered.
- Resistance training. People looking for
all roundhealth and fitness (and fatloss/weight loss) all too often prioritise cardio training over resistance. Don’t. Resistance training is more important for bone health, protecting the metabolism and many other reasons. Choose a training programme that sees you performing weights around 3 to 4 times a week.
- Perform 1 to 3 cardio sessions per week. If you want true
all roundfitness, then one may be running, one may be swimming and one may be a game of squash or another sport. If you want something more specific then a 1 mileswim programme or 5km run programme may be better.
- Add some stretching/flexibility/prehab work. Some people like a weekly yoga session. Some people like a
All round fitness
In conclusion, I would advise being more specific with the real requirements of the fitness plan. What is the all round fitness for? This will help drive what the programme includes. If there really isn’t a more specific plan, then the ideas I’ve listed above should be included.