The FITT Principle & Reversibility

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  • Created by: Lucy S
  • Created on: 08-04-13 20:36

Frequency

  • How OFTEN you train.
  • It should be gradually increased.
  • For example:
    • Once a fortnight --> Once a week --> Twice a week.
  • Training more often can lead to improved performance.
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Intensity

  • How HARD you train.
  • It should be gradually increased.
  • For example:
    • 1 set of 5 repetitions of a 5kg weight --> 2 sets of 5 repetitions of a 5kg weight --> 2 sets of 5 repetitions of a 10kg weight.
  • Training harder can lead to improved performance.
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Time

  • How LONG you train.
  • It should be gradually increased.
  • For example:
    • 20 minute session --> 25 minute session --> 30 minute session.
  • Training for longer can lead to improved performance.
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Type

  • WHAT EXERCISES you should do.
  • The closer the match between the type of training & the acitvity, the better the improvement in performance.
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Reversibility

  • Any adaptation that takes place as a consequence of training will be reversed when you stop training.
  • It takes longer to gain fitness than to lose fitness.
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