Whether you've just found the inspiration to start exercising or you just want to change up your routine, the sheer volume of fitness advice and training programs at your disposal can be overwhelming. How do you know if a workout is right for your fitness level or if it will really help you achieve your goals? Is the plan aimed at weight loss, toning, marathon training, building strength, or just to maintain fitness levels? These are important questions to answer before you start any new routine, which is why you need become familiar with the FITT principle. Here, fitness expert Jamie Press, of Orbit Fitness, breaks it down.
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The FITT Principle is the most basic rule of thumb used to guarantee your workout plan matches both your experience and your goals. So before you can put it into practice, you need to define both of those things.
1. What is your current fitness level? Are you a beginner, intermediate, or advanced exerciser?
2. What do you want to achieve in the next six to 12 months in terms of your speed, muscle tone, endurance, strength, weight, and overall fitness level?
Once you’ve outlined your specific objectives and experience, find a workout routine you’d like to try (on the Internet, in a book or magazine, or from a fitness professional), and then it's time to apply the FITT Principal to perfectly tailor the plan to fit your needs.