A slim, tone and healthy body is one of the most visible rewards of serious Taekwondo training. ATA has been helping Americans young and not-so-young buck the ‘overweight’ trend for many years, resulting in better health and quality of life. For millions of others, though, the obesity problem has been inescapable and the situation has worsened to the current level of health crisis. ATA leadership senses the need and opportunity to change even more lives – one Black Belt at a time – with renewed emphasis on physical fitness in our martial arts style.
ATA FIT is a workout that readies the body for virtually any physical activity. It can be adapted for anyone from pro athlete to non-athlete. Most other training programs work on cardiovascular endurance and/or strength training, but ATA FIT develops flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, accuracy, and balance – the whole package. With regard to cardiovascular endurance, the workouts alternate between short bursts of exertion and rest. According to Dr. Izumi Tabata, a prominent specialist in sports science, this type of interval training (short bursts of exertion) can significantly improve one’s aerobic and anaerobic capacities.