Working Out SMART

Smart Goals

I’ve been think about goals a lot lately. Maybe because I read on that of the 45% of Americans who make resolutions only 8% actually achieve success. I didn’t really make any fitness related resolutions this year. But I should have. I’ve already achieved success in losing weight, yet I still go to the gym every day. So achieving weight loss must only be part of my story. So what now?

I sat down with Chris this week to assess where I am now and set goals. I wanted to make sure that the goals we were setting were SMART goals. People don’t stick to their resolutions because they make resolutions that are not attainable in short time periods. They decide that by the end of the year they are going to run a marathon or lose 50 pounds. Lofty goals are great but they are long term. Set short term goals and set yourself up for success.

After a conversation about what I am really looking to get out of my workouts, we concluded that my goal for February needs to be centered on endurance. Right now I row 1500 meters before personal training but I break it up into 500 meters at a time, resting between (if you consider sit ups and burpees to be rest). So my goal for the month is to row 1200 meters straight through. I am achieving this by increasing the amount of cardio I do in my own (right now it’s close to zero). I am hoping that coupled with my personal training sessions and a variety of group exercise classes, I will be able to achieve this goal.

Setting up Smart Goals

I can already hear your responses:

  • But you work at the J
  • You work out with a personal trainer
  • I don’t have a trainer so I can’t do this

Well, you too can do this. I invite each one of you to set up a free appointment with one of our personal trainers and set your own SMART goals. You will walk away with a calendar which will guide you through the month. It’s a plan for success.

We are each individuals and our goals are specific to us. Here’s my plan for the month. I can’t wait to see yours.