Riverside Fitness Centre Forum

Get Back to Basics – Part 1
February 15, 2008, 7:09 pm
Filed under: Basics

If you want to really make some big improvements this year then we should start by getting back to the basics.  The BCRPA (the certifying body for personal trainers in BC) recommends that the FITT formula should be the core of every exercise program.  The FITT formula is comprised of four basic training elements; Frequency (how often you train), Intensity (how hard you train), Time (how long you train) and Type (which sort of exercise you choose).We will look at each of these elements separately to ensure that we are properly applying them to our own work outs.


The first element is frequency; how often you make the time to exercise or get down to the gym.  A new study released by the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine recommends doubling the amount of physical activity previously advised – from a minimum of 30 minutes per day to 60 minutes per day.  Now that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go the gym seven days a week, but it does mean that you should try to do some thing physically active everyday.  If it is your goal to make consistent gains in your physique or fitness then it is absolutely necessary that you adopt a consistent and frequent training schedule. 

“I just don’t have the time,” is the response many people give to this suggestion. Ultimately it comes down to priorities and since 80% of people claim that the two top priorities in their lives are family and health, it seems that we should all be able to find a little time to do something that will greatly enhance the quality and our enjoyment of our top priorities.

We will look at the other FITT elements in the following installments.  As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask the knowledgeable staff at Riverside Fitness


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