One of the most common mistakes beginners make in their training journey is not having defined goals. People in fitness, rehab and medicine will typically hear “I want to be fit.” “I want to lose weight.”, particularly at this time of the year. The main problem is engineering; if you can’t measure or define what success looks like, how do you know when you have achieved it?
If you say, “I want to run a half marathon before the end of the year sub 2 hours.” That is a goal. If you say, “I want to squat 405 for 5 reps by June” that is a goal. “I want to be fit”, is a meaningless statement with about as much relation to your health as hugs solve homelessness.
In order for something to change from being a wish to a reality we need to create goals or near-term objectives. We hear this a lot but clearly it bears repeating, goals should be SMART,
Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timed. The next time you want to set a goal ask your self;
Specific - Am I targeting a particular area for improvement?
Measurable - Can I measure the outcome in distance, weight, reps, time, etc.?
Achievable - Is the goal realistic? The number of guys who ask for 6 pack abs by June in mid-April is phenomenal.
Relevant - How motivated am I to achieve this goal & why?
Timed - Do I have a date to achieve the goal by?
By Thanksgiving I will run 10km in under an hour.
By my birthday I will lift 10lb on my bench.
By June 1, I will lose/gain 10lb.
Once we have SMART goals defined we can work together to build a program based on lifestyle and goals to get you to the specific place you want to be.
Decide what you want and attack it!