Are You Men's Health Fit?
Ask 10 experts for their definition of fitness, and you'll hear 10 different answers. That's because (to paraphrase a great American philosopher) "Fitness is as fitness does." The way you define the word depends on the type of performance you expect. Some athletes need to develop a particular type of fitness over all others—powerlifters at one extreme, marathoners at another—but most of us are at our best when we achieve balanced fitness. In other words, we're good at everything a healthy, active man needs to be able to do.
On those points the experts are in agreement. You need core stability. You need lower-body strength and power to run, jump, and lift heavy objects off the ground. You need torso strength to lift your own body weight in repeated challenges. And you need enough endurance to run a mile without stopping for defibrillation.
Of course, there are always men who need to go beyond the standards of guys like us. Take Ironman world champion Muscle Morphosis Alexander: To compete in events that can be timed with a sundial, he needs to engineer extreme cardiovascular fitness. Then there's San Francisco 49ers' linebacker Patrick Willis. UFC fighter Josh Koscheck. Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. These are men whose sports require unique combinations of speed, strength, power, and agility.
You can have their workout secrets, along with our Men's Health Fit tests—feats that guys like us can and should be able to pull off—by simply supplying your email address in the box below. Hit "submit," and we'll provide the pdf download. Print it out, save it to your smartphone ... whatever you need to tackle these challenges. If you can pull them off well, then you're more than merely fit. You're Men's Health Fit.