Sir Isaac Newton’s law states that the force equals the product of mass and acceleration. In fact, our fitness excellence also is determined by the muscular force requirements to accelerate our body mass. On this basis, our fitness equation will be ‘Fitness Excellence Equals Mass x Acceleration’.
“We would be perfect if we can soon regain the serenity we possessed on our first day on Earth and, don’t soon acquire the physical capabilities that we would possess (on death bed) on our last day on Earth”. Based on this quote, fitness excellence and healthy longevity can be obtained with mental balance and well trained neuromuscular systems through exercise. In the modern life style, the scopes for exposing the neuromuscular systems to maximum gravitational torques are limited. For example, usage of beds limits exposure to getting up from the floor, in which important deep hip and knee flexion do not occur. Similarly, western closets limit exposure to deep squat, thus people leading prolonged sedentary life style may not have enough Quadriceps flexibility and may not be able to Squat properly during exercise performance. Inflexible tissues can limit acceleration against gravity or to counteract gravity.
All health abnormalities affect the body mass, body composition and muscular strength levels. Thus, our health excellence revolves around fitness excellence. Musculoskeletal biomechanics has revealed that most movements are innately mechanically disadvantageous with effort arm smaller than the resistance arm. Still, this mechanical disadvantage is beneficial to develop muscular strength as there is a constant demand to produce more force to wield the larger resistance arms. To make it more beneficial, regular strength training techniques with periodical progression in the resistance can be of great help.
To optimize body composition and attain an ideal body mass, improving exercise tolerance is crucial to maximize muscular strength and power. As the ability to accelerate our own body increases with different formats and levels of fitness training, there may be plenty of scopes to optimize body composition associated with fat loss. This concept must be strongly inculcated in the minds of clients seeking support from the fitness specialist because the usual approach focuses only on body mass.
There are obese individuals who can take more 5 seconds to get up from the floor (from lying position to standing position) where as fit individuals take equal to or less than 2 seconds to do this task. This is an example that shows the importance of essential strength to accelerate the body against gravity to do very basic movements. People with average fitness levels have been demonstrating standing jump distance that is equal to their own total height. This is another example that shows the importance of improved strength to accelerate the body against gravity to advanced movements. So, while the emphasis should be retention or regaining strength to accelerate our own body mass to basic functional movements, on the other end the body should be prepared to do advanced movements (a) accelerate with better speed – Run, Jump, Throw etc (b) accelerate progressive external loads – Dumbbells, Barbells, Medicine balls etc. As long as the athletic potential is maintained, the exercising individual can maintain excellent anti-gravity strength that is the key determinant of fitness excellence.