Fitness is comprised of 3 basic elements (3 Pillars) that, when balanced, provide the most stable foundation; As with triangles, having three equal sides provides the structure that is most resistant to pressure. As Fitness is developed, it is wise to develop the 3 Pillars evenly in respect to each other to provide the best result.
In most cases when a prospective client approaches us, they ask us to address one or two of these areas. The most common blind-spot in developing better health or performance through fitness is not understanding how the 3 Pillars interplay with each other, and not recognizing that one of these areas needs work in conjunction with another. The classic example of this is the gym-goer who wants to lose weight by working out while not addressing their diet!
Another failed approach is the fitness regime that does not address recovery in a sense that the individual is far too overburdened with work and family commitments, is under a great deal of stress, and does not get enough quality sleep. They try to make a TRAINING program fit, but are constantly running on an empty tank, and are overflowing with stress hormones (cortisol, adrenaline, norepinephrine…) that steal the rewards of their hard effort. In fact, the training is now an added stress to their system!
When developing your TRAINING program, seek to address the 3 Pillars of FITNESS, where training is just one of three active components. Are you overcommitted? overstressed? Is your eating out of control or downright unhealthy?Ask yourself in regards to each of the 3 Pillars:
1 – What is my primary OBJECTIVE?
think in terms of the qualities you wish to improve, rather than set figures that may or may not fulfill the desire beneath them – ask “what am I really trying to accomplish?”
2 – What PRINCIPLES am I going to apply?
The principles are then built into an actionable plan. With this plan, you will be more able to maintain focus on the action required to build your objective.
3 – What STEPS am I going to work?
If the plan or objective is “on your mind”, it has not yet been properly planned. Break down the steps in your journal, from the very first actionable item you need to take, and refer back to this journal, following and adding to the steps as able. When you have the next immediate action written down, it won’t be “on your mind”, you will simply be taking action!
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As founder of Ivanco Fitness, my promise is to ensure your journey in fitness is unlocked and uplifted. It was the summer of 2012 and I was burnt out - I had spent over 10,000 hours personally training clients through rehabilitation to health, and from health to strength. Young and old and in between, I worked with these individuals to help them create their best version of themselves. While this brought me much joy, I was stressed, tired, and knew I was limited to only a small group of people I could help in this way. I had worked with other coaches along the way, and realized it was time to build a team and create a system that would allow talented coaches to create meaningful connections with those who seek to uplift their lives through physical training. Having brought the right people on board, Ivanco now works as a team of trainers, kinesiologists, holistic nutritionists and administrative staff to provide a more streamlined and versatile experience than an independent trainer could offer. Yours in health, Ivan.