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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Goal Setting

It's a pretty common occurrence when someone is suddenly motivated to workout more. "I'm going to lose 30 pounds by next month and go running everyday at 4:30 in the morning." That's great, but we need to be a little more specific. 

Goals need to be:
Specific
Measurable
Attainable
Realistic
Timely

An example of a specific goal is something you want to accomplish such as, "I want to lose fat," or "I want to gain lean muscle." Once that's established you need to be able to measure your goals. You do this by identifying how much fat you want to lose, or how much lean muscle you want to gain. This can be done in a number of ways and a personal trainer will be able to assist you with that. An attainable goal is one that you can easily make happen... "I'm going to strength train Monday, Wednesday, Friday and do cardio Tuesdays and Thursdays." Perhaps most importantly, is that these goals need to be realistic. If people were walking around losing 30 pounds in a month nobody would need goals OR personal trainers, but that just doesn't happen. Reality would be something along the lines of  making sure you can actually dedicate five days a week to working out, or if you are truly ready to begin a program. Last, we have timely.. Short and sweet and simply put, it's what you can accomplish in a given time period! 

Let's put everything together, shall we? "I want to gain lean muscle in my legs, biceps and glutes before my wedding at the end of October. I'll do this by hiring a personal trainer, seeing a registered dietician for a meal plan and sticking to my workout plan with support from my friends and family." Tadaaa! A perfect example of a S.M.A.R.T goal. 


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