"What Are You Training For?"

The trip has been long and the price has been high...but no great thing was ever attained easily.
-Stephen King-

With Crunchfest over, you might be asking yourself, "Now what?"  We always need to have a goal in mind when we train.  Whether it be to do another competition, lose a certain amount of weight, gain muscle, and just to live a healthier lifestyle.  Without goals, we have no point of reference to work off of.

Our goals need to be SMART.  That is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, & Time bound.  Let me break these things down for you and I'll give you a few examples as well.

  • Specific
    The specific part of our smart goal is to be very specific with our goal.  Instead of saying "I'm going to be healthy."  Let's say "I'm going to lose weight."  When we think about it this way, we are being much more specific.  

 

  • Measurable
    Now, let's take this goal to the next level.  It has to be measurable.  We will take our weight loss goal and put a numerical value to it.  Our goal is now "I'm going to lose 10 pounds of body fat."  

 

  • Attainable
    10 pounds of body fat is also an attainable goal, we don't want to go too extreme here to either end of the spectrum because we can always reevaluate our goals once we achieve our previous ones.  So, don't get too rambunctious or be too easy on yourself either.  

 

  • Relevant
    On to the relevant part of our goal.  This is where you can take a step back and look at our goal so far.  Does this goal even pertain to us?  Do we need to lose weight?  What if I want to gain muscle instead?  Just because everyone else is doing something, doesn't mean that you have to as well.  Make a goal that fits your lifestyle and needs.

 

  • Time Bound
    Lastly, we come to the time-bound part of our goal.  This is where we give our goal a time frame in which to work from.  So, let's say we want to lose that 10 pounds of body fat in 4 months.  Now we have a legitimate goal.  I want to lose 10 pounds of body fat in 4 months.

Always have a goal in mind.  When we are trying to achieve goals, we always need some sort of marker point to go off of.  Measuring and documenting progress is key to achieving these goals.  Now ask yourself.  "What am I training for?"  Is it:

To do another competition.
To lose a certain amount of weight.
To gain muscle and get stronger.
To be able to play with my kids/grandkids.
To be pain/disease free.
To win championships and be the best athlete possible.
To look better naked.

Those are all good goals.  So, take a look at yourself in the mirror and decide what you want to accomplish.  The next step is to make a SMART goal.

Much Love,
Mitch