Goal Setting

Hey all! New Year’s resolution time is almost upon us and I wanted to give you all a quick guide to follow when coming up with those fitness goals that are actually doable. I typically like to follow an approach that will probably sound familiar to you, setting S.M.A.R.T. goals. Let’s dive in to see what that means:

Specific– Setting specific goals is important because it identifies how you are going to get to where you want to be. For example, a lot of people’s goals are wanting to workout more, which is great, but it is not specific. A specific goal would be, “I want to strength train 5 times per week”.

Measurable– Being able to have measurable aspects of your goal is important as well so you are able to track your progress. Tracking progress is so important because it helps you identify if your current approach to your goals is working or if you may need to switch it up.

Achievable– When it comes to setting goals, you must be honest with yourself and realistic. A lot of times we want to see change so fast we set unattainable goals and wind up giving up when we realize we can’t meet them. I want you to really take some time to set realistic, achievable goals that you can meet and feel good about rather than feeling discouraged when you realize they may be unattainable.

Relevant– Your goals should be setup with the big picture in mind. For example, if your main goal is to lose weight and become more lean, you should start out by setting a goal to strength train 5 times per week (or something like that). Identify how you will get to where you want to be and go out and do it!

Time– Having a specific deadline to achieve your goals is vital. It helps keep them in the front of your mind and a priority. I typically like to set smaller goals with a shorter timeframe while keeping the main goal in mind for the long term.

I highly suggest using these guidelines when making your fitness goals to set you up for success. Now let’s hit it hard and see some success in the gym as soon as possible! Why wait until the New Year?

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