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Smart Goal Setting

Whether you are new to training or looking to make a fresh start it is vital that you have a plan about what you are trying to achieve, and how you are going to get there. This is where a personal trainer can help you.

When properly implemented SMART goal setting can play a key role to helping you achieve the desired result

1. SPECIFIC - The goal must specifically state what you are looking to achieve and they must be clear and easy to understand. A non specific goal would be described as I want to get fit where as a specific goal would be I want run a 5 K race.

Tell your trainer your goal and let them provide you with a plan to allow you to achieve it.

2. MEASURABLE - The goal needs to have a measurable element so that you can see and recognise your achievements. If you say I want to lose weight this is ambiguous and is not a clear target for you. However, if you said I want to reduce my body fat by 10% then their is clear measurable target that you can deliver.

Your trainer will work with you and identify if you are on track to meet your goal by keeping accurate records of your progress, and where necessary change your training plan or nutritional advice to assist you in achieving your goal.

3. ATTAINABLE - We all have to be realistic in what we are looking to achieve. Tt is not reasonable or sensible to try and lose 10 kilos in a month, or increase your dead lift by 50% in a week. It is however possible to to lose a kilo a week for ten weeks, or increase you dead lift by 10% every few weeks until you reach your goal.

You and your trainer need to agree your goals and work together to make sure that you successfully reach your goals.

4. RELEVANT - The goal must be relevant to your interest, needs and abilities, for example, if you were looking to compete in a marathon, heavy resistance training would be inappropriate as part of your training programme. It also imperative that the goal set is yours, and you are passionate about achieving it.

These are your goals, make sure your happy with them and that you want to do them. Don't let your trainer pick them, their your goals and you must feel passionately about them or you will lose interest.

5. TIME BOUND - If you don't set yourself some timescales it is to easy to put off setting your plan in motion until another day, allowing your training to drift uncontrolled. There is no issue with setting both short term and long term goals. An example of a short term goal may be doing 20 press ups without a break after 4 weeks. Whilst the long term plan may be about reducing body fat by 10%, and doing 50 press ups without a break.

Timescale should be realistic but also challenging, and if you a serious about training then take the challenge and smash it.

Whether you are working on your own in a gym, or are working with a personal trainer I would recommend that you have a SMART plan. If you don't have one then now's the time to get one pronto! feel free to contact us a State of Strength if you need any help and lets all work SMARTER


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