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Definition of Physical Fitness in Scientific Research (yawn)

May 12, 2010

Wow! Trying to find a good definition of what it means to be “fit” can make one’s brain cramp. Starting with the succinct back in 1948, Darling et al. said physical fitness is “The individual’s functional capacity for a task.” Ok that’s pretty broad. Now jump ahead to Fleishman in 1964 who defines fitness as, “Functional capacity of individuals to perform certain kinds of tasks requiring muscular activity.” Hahaha, certain kinds of tasks? And he just threw in the muscular activity part and called it a day? Let me get this straight; two decades of research and these guys are still bumbling around with the definition of the exact field of study they are in? Don’t get me wrong, there are amazing researchers out there including Dr. Lon Kilgore who, along with Mark Rippetoe, redefined fitness in the Journal of Exercise Physiology in 2007 as, “Possession of adequate levels of strength, endurance, and mobility to provide for successful participation in occupational effort.” Yes!

How much?

Adequate levels.

Of what?

3 basic components: strength, endurance, and mobility.

In order to do what?

Whatever it is you need to be doing!
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