Writing SMART Goals

Ever really wanted to achieve something and 2 years later you are no closer to achieving that goal as you were when you set it?

This is the reality of gym goers.

How many people do you know that say things similar to the comments below?

  • This year I am going to get so fit
  • I want to increase my bench/ squat/ deadlift
  • Been running so much, running is feeling great
  • Been to the gym 5-6 times this week, 2 hours each one.

Some of them are pretty good achievements. No doubt just being active and being able to get yourself in the gym is an accomplishment. But how do you know how much all that time is worth? What is getting better?

Some people who train with a ton of intensity get away with this approach. But even these guys can plateau and find themselves at a halt.

Lets take a look at each one comment and figure out what is wrong with these goals.

  • How fit are you going to get? What does fit mean to you? Is it running 10km at a certain time, is it just getting into the gym a certain amount of time? Define FIT.
  • Everyone wants to get stronger. Too many bros in the gym talk about wanting to boost their numbers up. By how much? What is the figure you want to hit? If you do not have these numbers how are you going to work towards these goals each week when you get into the gym?
  • How far have you run? What has increased in your running? If you are running to just be active or clear your head, then that is fine. If you are running to be fit, shouldn’t you know how much fitter you are getting?
  • What are you achieving in 5-6 sessions at the gym? What is each hour spent improving? Or are you just spending time in there?

You can see that a lot of these questions are based off not knowing the direction training is taking you. If you are training without direction or something to aim towards you probably aren’t achieving much, or aren’t progressing at the rate you could be.

Simple fix?

Set a SMART goal.

S- Specific – narrow it down. Want to improve your running or bench? How far and by how much?

M – Measurable – You need to be able to measure these goals. Are you improving your km/min, your distance you ran in km or the amount of weight you moved in kgs?

A – Achievable/ attainable – Make sure you can achieve this goal. Do some research and ask a professional or someone who has achieved this, how long it will take and the sacrifice that goes into it.

R – Relavent – Make sure your goals are relevant to your overall plan. Maybe improving your 1RM is NOT the best idea if you also want to run a marathon. Set relevant goals.

T – Time based – Set a time based goal so you have a deadline to work towards.

If you set a goal, make sure they tick all these boxes. This will ultimately be the difference between you saying you are going to achieve something and you working towards anda achieving something you have always wanted to 🙂

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