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It’s very common in this modern age to own a tracker, a heart rate monitor or any form of fitness technology. People have a variety of reasons for owning these sorts of technology. With goals ranging from advancing physical fitness levels for typical consumers, to finding a 1% performance edge for elite athletes in any sport, fitness technology has become incredibly advanced and more competitive than at any point in history. There is no individual device that covers all functionality and conveniences an individual may be looking for. The choice for or against a device often depends on the goals you hope to achieve.
However, all these technology share one thing in common. They churn an immense amount of information back to the user in the various fields. But the gap lies in interpreting the information given back to the user. How many people actually know how to interpret the information and create an exercise program that can improve the current information that is sent back to them? What if we used all that data in a more collaborative and cohesive way, not just to visualize our training in quantitative numbers, but to calculate meaningful results that help us better understand our physical abilities? The key to this is having enough education and access to be able to interpret those results in a layman manner.
• Have a Fitness goal/objective
• Be able to adjust the training program to suit the goal/objective
• Do not be afraid to ask other qualified fitness practitioners or trainers for advise
At the end of the day, the technology is a gauge for you to understand your body, if we link it back to the principles of training, we will be able to work towards achieving our fitness goals.
1. Individuality – Everyone responds differently to training, some can handle bigger volume while some handle higher intensities, find the program suited for you.
2. Specificity – Being specific in training is very important to meet the objective. If you wanted to improve your speed of 2.4km run, would you do a 2.4km Swim?
3. Progressive overloading – Each workout must be slightly harder than the last to constantly improve.
4. Recovery – We must always allow the body to recover, this is the most neglected principle as we always feel that doing more is better. Most of the general adaptation occurs when the body is resting.
5. Reversibility – Your body is an amazing machine, if you don’t use it you lose it. You can train to be a top individual in fitness, but you can lose it all the moment you stop training for an extended period.
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Chan Zhen Wei, Assistant Manager