Learn how to make the most of your gym sessions
You don’t have to be a competitive athlete to benefit from setting fitness goals.
Everyone who works out has a reason, whether it is losing weight, gaining strength, or something else.
If you are consistently showing up to your workouts but not always getting the results you want, give this method a try.
Goal setting is the key to making your time in the gym the most effective. Learn how to set goals to help you achieve the results you want with this article.
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To achieve success in the weight room, or life for that matter, you need to have a few things; first on the list is a clear goal of what you want to achieve. Once you set your goals for the cycle you can effectively create a program to achieve those goals. If you don’t have a goal, how would you know what sets, reps, and exercises to program?
When you make a goal it has to have some components, otherwise it is just a wish. The acronym SMART has five components essential to successful goal setting – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.
SPECIFIC – To be specific a goal it must answer four “W” questions. Who? What? Where? When? For example, wanting to “get huge” is not specific but wanting to gain 1” on your bicep measurement in three months is a specific goal.
MEASUREABLE – Your goal needs to be able to be quantified. Going back to the arms example, “getting huge” is not quantifiable, but wanting to add 1” to your arms has a measurable component. Ask yourself this question, how will I know when my goal is reached? If you can’t answer that question then your goal is not measurable.
It may sound corny but you need to set SMART goals in the weight room. The people who don’t have SMART goals are the same ones you see every day in the gym who don’t seem to ever grow stronger or bigger.
Source: Muscle and Fitness