Returning to the Fundamentals: Setting A Foundation of Health

By Patrick DeVries | Clinical Physiologist

In the modern world of gimmicks and “get fit quick” schemes, people are bombarded with unreliable information from every direction. These fitness plans can make people confused with understanding what path to take, and get them stuck in fitness ruts where they aren’t seeing the results they really want. It can be very frustrating and ultimately discourage people from reaching their health & wellness goals because they can’t find something that works for them.

The Fundamentals of Fitness

The fundamentals of fitness are what build the foundation in a great workout plan, and cause people to have long-lasting results. These fundamentals include: 

  • Cardiovascular endurance 
  • Mobility and flexibility
  • Muscular strength
  • Nutritional balance

If a person can master all four of these components (and yes, all four are equally important), they will continue to find results and reach optimal health. 

Already in the middle of a training program or workout plan?

It’s fantastic that you already have a plan in place. However, it is a good idea to take a step back and assess your plan to include these four pillars in order to reach your goals faster and be able to sustain them. Working with a physiologist at bēkn is a wonderful way to get started, as we can run tests to understand your fitness capabilities, your movement and flexibility, and provide nutrition guidance. 

Understanding these fundamentals will also ensure that you aren’t pushing your body too hard and putting yourself at risk for injuries. 

How We Find Your Foundation

As the saying goes, you have to crawl before you can walk. Before we have you squat with a barbell, we want to be sure you can master the form and technique of a bodyweight squat. 

We do this to understand your muscular strength in all of the areas it takes to do a barbell squat (glutes, quads, hamstrings, core) before adding the extra weight. If one of those muscle groups isn’t working properly, we need to address that issue first before advancing. 

Through these assessments we can ensure that you have ample mobility in your joints and throughout your spine, the lowest risk of injury, and a higher opportunity for results. 

Working On Your Foundation Is Not “Sexy”

Look at fitness influencers on Instagram and you will rarely see them doing basic mobility exercises. They’re usually lifting heavy weights, running ultra-marathons, or simply showing off their sleek, toned bodies to the world. 

However, behind their success stories are people who have taken the time to master the four fundamentals of fitness. They did not get to where they are now without starting with a strong understanding of all of these components. 

Fundamental learning applies to just about everything in our lives. An accountant cannot learn high-level concepts of finance without first being proficient in basic mathematics, and a professional chef learned the very basics of chopping food before even beginning to cook. 

No More Plateau

If the four fundamentals are the foundational building blocks of your fitness plan, then taking action is the building that goes up around them. If your foundation is shaky, your building will crumble – or at the very least leave you with an unstable structure. 

Understanding and mastering these fundamentals prior to heavy strength training will allow you to continue to see results month after month. 

Final Thoughts

When it comes to reaching and maintaining your fitness and health goals, start at square one with professional guidance to help set up your plan. Whether starting out at the very beginning, or finding that along your journey you have had an injury or plateaued, going back and correcting these four fundamentals will get you to reach the goals you want to achieve. 

Curious about what our physiologists at bēkn can do for you? Schedule a tour of one of our facilities to learn more.

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