The 10 General Physical Skills of Fitness

August 17, 2011 |  by  |  The Basics
The 10 General Physical Skills of Fitness

What should we want from our bodies? What should we expect them to do? Most importantly, what were they DESIGNED to do?

Once we figure that out how do we measure it? Here is a 10 point list on which we can gauge our state of fitness and tangibly measure our progress. This list can be found across the world in crossfit gyms serving as subtle reminders of what we are capable of.

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  1. Cardio respiratory endurance

    – The ability of body systems to gather, process, and deliver oxygen.

  2. Stamina

    – The ability of body systems to process, deliver, store, and utilize energy.

  3. Strength

    – The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply force.

  4. Flexibility

    – the ability to maximize the range of motion at a given joint.

  5. Power

    – The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply maximum force in minimum time.

  6. Speed

    – The ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement.

  7. Coordination

    – The ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a singular distinct movement.

  8. Accuracy

    – The ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity.

  9. Agility

    – The ability to minimize transition time from one movement pattern to another.

  10. Balance

    – The ability to control the placement of the body’s center of gravity in relation to its support base.

Credit: Jim Crawley, Bruce Evans
Photo credit: LululemonAthletica

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