Before we get into the “7 Tips To Successful Fitness Goal Setting”…
I want to take a quick second to tell all of our clients (Semi-private personal training, 1-on1 coaching, and Distance Programming) who started their fitness journey this year that we are extremely proud of you and we are honored to be a part of your team.
Also, for everyone that is part of the extended Reign Fit Family (#reignfitfam), this includes all of the people we have interacted with via email, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, that has started their fitness journey this year… we are equally proud of you and honored that you have reached out to us.
It’s never easy committing to fitness.
It’s just as hard to reach out for help.
We really do appreciate everyone who has reached out to us.
Thank you and Reign Strong.
Here is Mesha…
As we approach the last week of January, I have been hearing more and more clients talk about their fitness goals for 2014.
Some clients want to lose weight, tone up, bulk up, etc.. while others are simply trying to do damage control from the holidays.
But as I ask them more about their goals, I’m noticing that a lot of them are lacking some key components to their fitness goals. It’s not just clients either… it’s my friends, family members, and even the random Facebook friend I barely know. But don’t worry I’m happy to help!
In this post…
“I want to help you set awesome fitness goals for yourself and give you real life strategies that I use for myself and my clients to help you achieve them.”
Reminder: Not all of the strategies will work for you. Everyone is different and I completely get that. However, you may never know which one works or doesn’t work until you try it. I personally never thought that just writing something down would help me but it did.
I wrote my fitness goals down on sticky notes and put them up to keep me in check. They were little reminders everywhere and I can honestly say they helped a lot.
Try them out, if it works great, if it doesn’t move on to the next strategy and give it a try.
Okay, here it is.
7 Tips To Successful Fitness Goal Setting
1. FIND YOUR WHY
One major challenge I see people struggle with is the WHY?
What is the Why? The WHY is the real driving force behind your fitness goal.
If your fitness goal is to lose weight, you now ask yourself WHY do you want to lose weight?
Do you want to fit into your favorite jeans you have stashed away in the back of your closet?
Would you like to physically be able to keep up with your kids?
Maybe you just want to feel healthy and sexy for yourself?
Once you find your WHY, you will find it easier to really commit and will have more motivation to achieve your goal.
Keep asking yourself “Why” and you’ll know when you find it.
Some of our favorite WHY’s…
2. WRITE IT DOWN
Put those goals in writing!
If it’s not written or recorded, you can consider it just a wish or a dream and not a real goal. Think about it.
The process of writing something down also makes it feel real. We get a lot of clients who can talk about their goals but when it comes to putting it into words on paper, they struggle because of how real it becomes.
But this is an important step to making your goals become reality and trust me… You want your goals to come true.
Bonus Tip: We sometimes have clients write down their goals on sticky notes and put them up in places they need to see it. In the bathroom so you can see it first thing in the morning, on the refrigerator to help keep you accountable, in the car so you can read it before you go out anywhere, on your computer monitor, etc.
3. BE SPECIFIC
People tell me they want to “tone up”, “bulk up”, “get healthy”, and “lose weight” when I ask them what they’re goals are.
Yes, these are technically goals but they are too generalized and safe.
You have to be specific about what you are trying to achieve.
For example, one of my fitness goals is to get stronger. What does that specifically mean I want? I want be able to deadlift 245lbs by the end of the 2014.
For others, it may be losing 5 pounds of fat or gaining 3 pounds of muscle. Whatever it is that you want, make sure it’s specific and measurable.
4. ONE STEP AT A TIME
Every goal takes one step at a time.
Rather than attempting to do a complete lifestyle overhaul, take ONE STEP AT A TIME to focus on the little things that will help you reach your goal.
For example, if your goal is to lose 3 pounds of fat, one step that will help you reach your goal is to add vegetables and fruits into your diet, or drinking water with each meal as well as eating breakfast every day.
The only way you’ll form long-lasting habits is by applying the Power Of Less: focus on ONE HABIT AT A TIME, one month at a time, so that you’ll be able to focus all your energy on creating that ONE habit.
5. HAVE A DEADLINE
Deadlines make goals more real.
It’s the truth!
It’s like having a deadline on a work project. It has to be done on that date.
Make those same rules for yourself when it comes to your fitness goals. Without a deadline or timeline you will still hope that your goal will come true sometime down the road. Plus, having a deadline or keeping a timeline of your goals will help you formulate a plan on how to achieve it.
6. BE REALISTIC
Be real with yourself when it comes to your fitness goals.
Don’t set yourself up for failure by setting an unrealistic goal to lose 10 pounds in one week.
Remember that it’s not going to happen overnight and it’s a process. You do the work, you get the results. I see too many people set unrealistic goals for themselves, workout for a couple weeks and expect to see a transformation.
“When they don’t see a transformation, they quit. But it doesn’t work like that.”
Your goals should be an accurate reflection of understanding your WHY and how long it will take to obtain your goal.
A successful goal always has a significance.
It’s more than your WHY.
I’ve seen clients get really motivated in reaching their fitness goal after they have made the decision to accomplish something that’s personally meaningful.
Maybe your motivation is to step on stage for a fitness competition or be in the best shape of your life by your birthday or wedding anniversary.
“Let your significance inspire you and make 2014 your year.”