Assessing Your Goals…a main pathway to success!

Posted: July 17, 2013 in Fitness, Healthy Eating, Inspirational
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As a member of the fitness community, I’m sure we’ve all heard people talk about what they wish to do with their body, and/or the current routine that they are working with. We’ve probably also seen upstarts dream big and go way too hard in the first month or two. Today’s article is going discuss the ideology behind a fitness plan, and how you should really be planning to reach the goals that you’ve laid out for yourself.

A clear objective is the first step to any exercise plan. Whether it’s adding a certain amount of weight to a specific lift, or going a further distance on runs, these flexible landmarks need to be clearly defined from the outset. I’d say the biggest stumbles that occur with objectives lies in those who create vague ones like “I want to run more” or “I want to do more pull-ups”. You can reach these kind of goals by day two if you really think about it, and since that’s not what you’re looking for, you’ll often end up lingering in the same program for far too long. This will either create imbalances or limit gains due to General Adaptation Syndrome.

The other conundrum that jumps off of the page is a goal that is totally unrealistic. Beginners are renowned for this, and it is very problematic. It often discourages the person because they continue to fall short of the goal, or it isn’t happening fast enough for them. The result usually leads to workout overload during the early weeks/months, which lends itself readily to injury. I have seen this too many times, and frequently that person ends up leaving the fitness community. They are very tough to get back as well.

I make goals like, “I would like to add 20 pounds to my deadlift”, or “I want a 3% drop in my body fat.” These are clear, and I know when I have attained them. I also can plan for success for goals such as these with clarity and understanding. If my goal is to add pounds to my deadlift, I’m not going to do that by running and doing cardio work for a majority of my time. I would have to line up accessory lifting work that traditionally benefits this lift, while allowing enough other work for my body to remain balanced. Likewise, if my goal was to reduce body fat, I better not be pounding down steaks for dinner every night and asking for dessert.

There are also going to be times when the goal is appearing further away than you wanted it to at that juncture of the workout routine. Don’t be afraid to redraft the path that you need to take to get to that objective. Sometimes we consult with someone and get some new ideas, or we see that a particular action is not bringing the rewards we anticipated it would. These things are bound to happen through your fitness career, and I find myself doing these subtle tweaks. In fact, the most successful people are the ones who set up a solid plan and are adept at knowing how and when to make the small alterations that might add up big time later.

What happens when I get to that goal? Time to reassess how you got there, and what you would do next time to extend this goal. I then begin the process of setting up an entirely new goal to reach, because fitness is a journey without an end. We just reach new and exciting landmarks along the way. Stay fit and be well!

  1. fitthirsty says:

    i really like this article.
    i had set so manh goals in january and i have achieved 85% of them and its only july..and i felt empty..i think its really good advice on restrateging instead of going roing and round the same goals..
    Success sometimes clouds ones vision..i hope to set higher goals.thanks.

  2. fitthirsty says:

    Very nice article..

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