For a lot of us, training is a means to an end. Weight loss, fat loss, getting stronger, getting bigger, and getting faster are all good goals to have.
But how are you going to get there??
This is the mind set of a lot of clients that come through gyms like BNAF and all over the country. Understandably, we all want results and results fast because that’s how we live; by getting what we want at a faster rate than ever before.
I ordered clothes and shoes from Zappos a couple times and never had to wait more than 2 days to get it. One time I ordered socks and a hoodie and got it in 23 hours! How can you not be spoiled with those kinds of results!!
Today, we can receive information with the swipe of a finger. Make a large food order and have people bring it to our cars without getting out. Watch full seasons on how I met your mother for less than $10/month on Netflix (HOLLA!!!!).
Needless to say, we’ve gotten lazy and so has our goal making.
That is why it’s important for us to understand the process in how we get results, set a realistic time to achieve them and to go about it passionately.
So, here are 4 things you should do on how to set your goals.
Figures, I know, but that’s what we’re here for. I have tons of stories talking my clients out of having a “flat bottom” or “working out 7-days a week.” What sounds good in their head may not be all that great when you’re explained as to what that really means.
It’s also important to find a good professional that understands and connects with you about the goals that you’re trying to set for yourself. I know it took me a while to understand that shooting down my female clients wishes to “not get too bulky” wasn’t very smart. A trainer that listens and is able to work with you on your level will make all the difference—and you haven’t even started training yet.
After you find a trainer or fitness pro, it’s important to not focus on the “end result.” This being the X-amount of weight loss or X-dress/pants size. Setting little goals along the way is affirmation that what it is you are doing is working.
I like to remind my clients to focus on how they’re feeling on a day to day basis, how they feel in their clothes, or to note any increase in work performance. Talking about these results to your trainer or friends help with program-retention and continue on the path to success.
As I eluded to before, how can you expect to get achieve your goals when you don’t have a plan? This step is just as important when goal setting. Your behaviors should be in line with your goals. Plan on partying hard this weekend? That’s cool. Those sculpted thighs will just have to wait a little longer to show. Hey, you’ll get there when you get there, right?
It’s vital that you plan for “drawbacks” rather than letting them happen unexpectedly. You’ll be more conscious about your choices and what you do.
Being stuck in a program without any variation or a “deload” (low intensity or volume) day can be the root cause of your plateaus or boredom. Basically your training will begin to just straight up suck.
I remember scheduling deload weeks or vacations for myself—with no training at all— only to come back to feeling amazing. I wrote an article earlier talking about how excessive alcohol intake can send your progress down the drain, but having a LITTLE fun might be just what the body needs. Sometimes going too strict on a program with out little breaks here and there can negatively stress the body out.
Every 4-6 weeks try reducing the workload by doing less weight and fewer repetitions, or even take time off from the gym. Sometimes despite what you plan, your body will decide when you need to take a break. Listen to it. It’s most likely to be correct every time.
Hope this helps! Consider the 4 steps I’ve given you to set yourself up for success. Happy Training!