Who are the participants of The Penance Achieve Class? And what is their goal for being there?
For lack of a better term – General Population Adult Fitness
Seems like a prison thing, huh? We don’t often use the term “general population” to describe adult fitness, outside of conversations with others in the fitness community.
Who belongs in the General Population?
Well, for starters, it’s a complicated answer.
Professional sports players and elite athletes (like Collegiate or Olympics athletes, or those participating in the CrossFit Games) are not considered to be part of the general population.
Gen pop describes the fitness condition of many, but not all, adults.
Mary is part of the general population. She’s a stay-at-home mother with 3 kids. She volunteers her free time to help with school PTA functions and serves on the ladies committee at her local church. Between school pick up and dinner time, she chauffeurs her children between a variety of sport activities and social commitments. She handles homework, bath time and nightly tuck-ins. She doesn’t care if she can Deadlift 300#; she needs to be able to carry her toddler out of Target at a moment’s notice when he’s throwing a killer temper tantrum. She wants to have the stamina to help her son practice his soccer skills. Mary isn’t interested in being competitive with her peers. She pursues fitness because of how it enhances her and her family’s lives.
Bart is also a part of the general population. Bart’s a construction worker/HVAC tech/plumber/etc who works out in the sun and all weather conditions, so when he gets done at the end of the day, all he wants to do is sit on the couch in the AC and not move. His diet consists of ready-to-eat meals and comfort foods and he washes it all down with something cold and carbonated. His doctor told him that he is starting to show the symptoms of heart disease and diabetes. He knows he needs to do something to turn his health around, but he’s just so tired at the end of a long day that it’s hard for him to get motivated.
These are just two examples of people who would be considered a part of the general population. People in this demographic come from all different types of socioeconomic backgrounds, job descriptions, lifestyles and medical conditions. What they all have in common is the fact that the type of fitness they need to attain the level of health that is best for them is really much simpler than they realize.
What kind of fitness does “Gen Pop” need?
Does being part of “Gen Pop” mean I’ll never be in good health?
Absolutely not! Being a part of the general population means that you can have a GREAT quality of life, be healthy, and still enjoy the things you love to do. And you’ll probably enjoy them even better when you are stronger, have more stamina and feel healthier. There are a lot of ways that being a part of the general population provides you with the ability to improve your health, and because your livelihood doesn’t depend on your level of physical fitness, it means that you can go at your own pace. The important thing is that you buy into the process, understand that it will take time, and that you continue to make forward progress. If that happens more slowly than the next person, that does not matter. There are people along the way who want to see you succeed, who are rooting for your success, and who will celebrate you when you reach your goals.
So, how do I make sure I’m doing what I need to do to get healthy?
Simple… Click the button below to meet with us and see if we can help you. No pressure, and if we can’t or are not the right starting point for you, we’ll tell you!