Believe it or not, there’s a science behind goal-setting and we’re going to talk about the basics of getting you to reach those goals effectively. Whether you are looking to lose weight, improve your fitness level, set a new PR while weight lifting, etc. it’s important to stay on track and prioritize. Many times we hear people say “Oh, I am going to lose 30 lbs by the new year” or “I am going to just drink kale smoothies for the next 2 months to get back on track”. These are what we call unrealistic fitness goals. While all intentions to reach these goals may be here, it’s simply not realistic. Here is where we introduce you to the S.M.A.R.T Method: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. All of these indicators are top of mind when designing a strength training program at SportsLab NYC.
“Without setting goals or objectives, life becomes a series of chaotic happenings you don’t control.” The SMART Method is particularly important as you set out to achieve your fitness goals. Let’s take a moment to briefly address each of the aforementioned areas when setting your performance goals, specifically addressing your workout routine
- Specific: Make sure to narrow your goal down a bit – don’t be too broad. For example, instead of saying “I want to get fit”, your new goal should look something more like “I want to increase my lean muscle mass by working with a certified personal trainer three times per week for the next 6 months.” Here are some questions you can ask yourself when developing your plan:
- What do you want to achieve?
- Why do you want to achieve this goal? Are there other ways this goal can be met?
- Measurable: Tangible evidence must be present! For example, a great “I am going to do active recovery by foam rolling and stretching on the days I am not strength training in order to prevent injury and perform at my best.”
- Attainable: It’s important not to set yourself up for failure. Take all other aspects of your life into consideration. If you cannot commit to training 3x per week because you are a single parent with 3 kids under the age of 6 then simply start with 2x per week. Commit to a plan that will work for your lifestyle and schedule.
- Relevant: Is this something you really want? Do you have the resources you need? For example, if you are looking to achieve your goal of lean muscle mass, do you have the knowledge to do this on your own or will you need to hire an experienced personal trainer?
- Timely: Create deadlines for yourself! We must hold ourselves accountable for our goals. BUT, always remember to be realistic about your timelines.
Everyone has the same 24 hours in their day. It’s what you do or don’t do with those hours that count Check out this article, “What Athletes DON’T Do Matters, Too”, to get some insight on what you may be able to eliminate from your day to day to get closer to those goals. We believe that you can achieve anything you set your mind to. Be positive, keep this guide handy and no more procrastinating! It’s time to get S.M.A.R.T SportsLab NYC style! We can’t wait to hear about what goals you have planned for this year, and most importantly, watch you achieve them with the help of one our expert NYC personal trainers.