Weighted Fitness

Special and Elite forces training require people that have specific qualities: integrity, self-discipline, confidence, dependability, together with mental and physical strength, and toughness. They have to have the capacity to continue when someone with the same fatigued mental or physical state gives up or cannot continue.

Having the edge in this setting can save your life.

Special and Elite forces aside, those with the above qualities are normally successful in most things they do. They are high achievers who people to look up to, or are inspired by their drive, focus and resilience, professionally or personally. They tend to make good role models, leaders of people and manage stressful situations well.

Weighted Fitness is the first phase of using the core qualities outlined above and developing them to increase the physical and mental strength, together with the resilience to push your personal limits and stretch your ability even further.

There are a number of components of physical fitness which facilitate quality overall fitness and authentic muscle movement:

  • Cardiovascular endurance
  • Muscular endurance
  • Muscular strength
  • Flexibility
  • Power
  • Speed
  • Agility
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Reaction time

The key to developing good overall physical fitness is to engage in as many of the above disciplines as possible, often enough to make permanent changes and increase your body’s ability to handle more physical demands. This, in turn, increases your mental and emotional tolerances at all levels.

One way to train that incorporates the majority of the above components is weighted fitness.

Central Nervous System training

The central nervous system (with help from the brain and spinal cord) plays a vital role in our health, physical and mental ability. It has the ability to heal, regulate and regenerate itself.

If you train one arm, the other arm will become stronger without the extra training. This effect is called cross education and has been a phenomenon within the scientific community forever. Different parts of our body talk to each other and influence each other, even when they are far apart and presumably unconnected!

The importance of training the central nervous system shouldn’t be underestimated. One way to do this very effectively is with load. Weighted fitness puts all the components of physical fitness together. Adding weight increases the training applied on the entire skeletal, muscular and central nervous systems.

Changes to your state of mind

Weighted fitness engages the central nervous system a great deal, which is why it’s important to manage your progression correctly. British Special and Elite Forces use this type of training to form the backbone of all that they do. This is because it is hugely beneficial to help form the baseline of all physical and mental toughness. It increases an individual’s ability to work at a very high physical capacity and function with increased emotional and mental tolerances.

This aids the ability for people to become stronger swimmers; cross-fitters, walkers, weight trainers and runners and better emotionally rounded people.

Emotional well-being

Weighted Fitness can also increase your emotional ability. A combination of good nutrition and fitness is key to emotional strength. It’s key to anyone’s emotional well-being. Physical fitness is a scientifically proven way to increase positivity, creativity, focus, patience and constructiveness. It decreases anxiety, negativity, sadness, depression and cloudiness which is a drain on life and disrupts the equilibrium within the human body and mind.

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