Are you ready to start a fitness program that you can actually follow? If you are like most of us, you go to the gym not knowing beforehand what you will do. Sure, going to a workout class takes the pressure off of you, but you could be missing out on the specific benefits your body needs to reach peak performance.
If you want to start getting the most out of your fitness regimen, there is one major tip that you should follow—set goals.
Meet Your Workout Goals
Creating a fitness plan comes more easily when you determine your specific goals. Setting goals will help you build a better fitness schedule and should be your focus on those days when it is hard to get to the gym. In other words, a thought-out goal should give you extra incentive as you follow it.
The problem is that people aren’t getting specific enough with their goals. If you are wondering how to personalize your fitness regimen and get that ‘after body’ picture for Instagram, here are a few tips on how you can better set your fitness goals.
How to Set Targeted Fitness Goals
Perhaps the best advice we can give you is– get specific! If you build your workout plan around vague goals, chances are your workout time will be as unproductive as it was before. To get out of the ambiguous goal-setting mindset, here is how you can focus in and target those specific areas where you hope to see the most improvement.
Set goals that revolve around…
What areas of fitness do you hope to progress? Are you focusing on cardio, muscular strength, endurance, or flexibility? By understanding where you want to improve you can then create a workout plan that fits accordingly.
For example, if you are working on cardiorespiratory fitness, it is essential that you create a plan with more cardio-focused days while still making time for rest days, stretching, and strengthening those muscles that you use most frequently.
Your performance goals should also play a major role in your diet plan. Working alongside your workout plan your meal plan should give you the energy needed to leave a workout feeling refreshed and renewed. Over-eating or under-eating can put you in jeopardy of ruining all of the work you put in at the gym. It is also important that you give your body back the essential nutrients it needs after a grueling day of fitness-focused activity.
Even if you are getting into working out strictly for the emotional and mental benefits, it is still essential that you set goals based off of your body composition. This is also the best way you can target weight loss. You should track your progress based on your BMI, waist and hip circumference, and skin-fold assessment. Using these measurements as your progression tracker is more accurate than merely stepping on the scale.
As soon as you understand your body composition, you can build a fitness plan that matches where you are at and where you plan on going. Then, as you see your body improving you can modify your regimen to fit your new body better.
Once you know your body composition and the type of fitness you want to work on, you should then move forward determining the specifics. How many days a week do you plan on working out? How long should each workout be? Do you plan on having any rest days? How long will this specific fitness plan last?
Get specific but don’t worry about the long-term. Focus on a shorter time period so that the plan isn’t as daunting.
As you work towards your fitness goals, you will quickly see why we are so obsessed. There is nothing as great as a good workout and a filling meal. If you are ready to start crushing your goals and seeing a change in your life, get in touch with 1% Fitness.
We look forward to hearing from you!