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What is the FITT principle?

Hi All,

I have been working with a number of new personal trainers in Manchester recently, I have been helping them to improve their base level skills and this we know will help them get much better results for their clients.

We have been working through a number of theories and principles over the past few days and I though some of these are so easy, they really can be applied by anyone to their choices of physical activity.  One of these principles is called FITT.

So What is the FITT Principle?

The FITT Principle is basically four variables that need to be controlled in order to dictate the intensity of your physical activity.

The four variables are:-

  • Frequency
  • Intensity
  • Time
  • Type

So what do these mean?

Frequency – How often are we choosing to perform a given activity? e.g. Once a day/week, every other day…

Intensity – How hard will we be working? e.g. light, moderate, vigorous, maybe going off a target Heart Rate

Time – How long will we do the activity for? e.g. 5 minutes, 30 reps…

Type – What type of activity will we use to be most effective at achieving our goal? e.g. walking, resistance machines…

Look out for our posts over the next few days applying this principle to the different types of exercise you need in your life! Then you can look at applying this to the activities you engage in!

TOM

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