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Defining and Setting Weight Training Goals
It’s easy to set out on a workout program without a clear destination. And without a clear destination, it’s, by definition, impossible to get there.
You might say, “Hey, I’ve got a destination. I’ve got a goal. I want to get ‘in shape’!” Do you mean in shape for a middle-aged executive, or in shape for a pro athlete? Obviously, they’re wholly different destinations that require entirely different paths.
Take the time to spell out your goals in detail. The more specific you can be in defining your goals, the easier it will be to map how to get there and more satisfying when you reach them.
In setting your goals, think of fitness as a state of well-being consisting of optimum levels of strength, flexibility, weight control and cardiovascular and aerobic capacities that help you participate fully in life. Customize the levels you set your fitness goals to YOUR overall life and fitness goals.
To make your goals the most helpful, make them focused, reachable and measurable.
Take a moment to think about why you’re training and what it means to you. Are you training to address specific health or injury issues? Are you training to support another sports activity? Are you trying to get in shape for work or career reasons? Whatever your reasons, understand them and use them to tailor your training to meet your ultimate goal focus.
Set your goals so they are realistic and reachable. The idea of goal-setting is to give you wins and successes that will motivate you to reach larger goals.
Maximize your training time by noting goals in your diary and reviewing them each day before you train. Break your ultimate goals into sub-goals and tactics. Set short-term goals you can reach in 30 days, then set mid-term goals to reach in 90 days, and finally set long-term goals that run from six to twelve months. Remember that the more time you put into your planning, the more you’ll get out of your training.
Whatever your goal, if it isn’t measurable you won’t know when you’re there. “Getting in shape” isn’t measurable. “A 32 inch waist, 165 pound body weight, five workouts per week” is. Before starting your strength training, measure your body top to bottom. Record the information in LiftLog’s Measurements Chart. Update that page regularly to see your progress. Note other goals and check them regularly. It’ll get you to your destination, and it’s gonna feel great when you get there!
Check out LiftLog as the ideal tool to plan, set and reach your strength training goals!