Saturday, June 14, 2014

Weightlifter vs ballerina: how to measure fitness?

Does Fitness = Strength?  Speed?  Agility? Some combination of traits?  Whatever it takes to survive?

In nature, animals can increase their evolutionary fitness, represented by passing on along genes to the next generation, by being strong or fast, large or small, camouflaged or colorful, crafty or a true team player, a great dancer or a great dresser.

polar bears
large, strong, and camouflaged
blue morpho butterfly
dressing for success
wolf pack
team players

Physical fitness has that same variety. Who is more physically fit: a sprinter or a marathoner?  A speed skater or a figure skater? A gymnast or a basketball player?  A weightlifter or a ballerina?

No need to answer, but please watch this video (or at least the second half of it) and tell me that this pair doesn't display the most amazing combination of strength, balance, flexibility and pure grace you've ever seen:

It's Swan Lake, but this scene is half ballet, half Cirque de Soleil acrobatics, and fully awesome!

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