Fitness as a sport is on the rise around the world, and there seems to be some debate about its legitimacy. I’ve heard people make remarks about how all the athletes are just washouts from other sports. That they couldn’t hack it at anything else so they just workout now. Well that kind of sounds like everything else when you look at it closer. How many kids grow up playing every sport known to man? Eventually they find out that they’re not very good at certain things but really good at one thing. So does that take away from how good they are at that one sport? Like Michael Jordan for example. He was great at basketball but not very good at baseball. Would you now say that Jordan was a “washout”?
Truth is the sport of fitness actually has some very technical skill sets in it now. There is good reason that weightlifting is an olympic sport. That’s because it takes a very long time to learn and apply the proper technique to throw up 200 plus pounds over your head. One of the reasons I actually love the sport of fitness is because its measurable across time. Its one of the rare sports where there is no debate over an athlete from one generation to the next. Times and numbers are locked in forever and they are always comparable. That also gives everyone the chance to really compare themselves to the professional athlete. You can find a benchmark workout, look at the top times, and try your best to beat them. Now you have a real understanding of just how good these guys and girls are.