Step #1: Be Honest with Yourself
Honesty is the best policy when it comes to goal setting.
Your goals need to be realistic and specific.
An unrealistic goal is the quickest way to get frustrated and eventually give up. You’ll have no way of knowing if you’ve achieved a vague goal, which will also lead to frustration.
Try setting realistic goals like these:
· I want to get a 3-5 strict pull ups.
· I want to be able to do 30 consecutive DU’s
· I want to reduce my body fat by 5 percent
· I want to do handstand push ups, climb the rope etc…………..
Once you have achievable and clearly defined goals, work backwards to break each goal down into smaller monthly goals that can be easily measured.
For example, if I want to add 50 pounds to my squat in 2017, my micro goal should be to add at least four pounds every month in order to hit 50 by December.
Attend open gym sessions where you can work on skills, mobility or strength.
If you want to make fitness a habit that sticks, start by setting attainable goals.
Step #2: Visualize Your Success
A powerful tool you can use to achieve your fitness goals is visualization.
Michael Phelps famously used this technique during his Olympic training. His coach, Bob Bowman, told Michael to “play the videotape” every night before he went to bed.
The videotape was Michael’s visualization of him swimming the perfect race. The moves he saw in his head came second nature to him when he entered the pool.
Michael’s 28 Olympic medals are a testament to the power of visualization in achieving goals.
You should also visualize your next lift when you’re working out. Focus on proper technique and envision yourself completing the number of reps you’re targeting.
During a WOD focus on “keep moving”. Visualize your body moving methodically through the work out. You do not have to race through the workout. Pace yourself. Try not to take long rest periods. Break the reps up. Its better to reduce the rep number rather than to take 10-15 seconds of rest.
The issue is heart rate. If you take long rest period heart rate drops off significantly in conditioned athletes. You want to maintain elevated heart rate or what we refer to as “Target heart rate”” during the metcon.
Step #3: Stick to the Program
Whatever you do at CF231 you need to include at least three classes per week. If you are attending more often, think of 3 days on 1 day off or 5 days on 2 days off. This will give your body ample rest time.
If you want to increase the chances you’ll stick to your program, schedule your workouts in your calendar, whether that means a physical planner or in your phone.
Step #4: Start Building Habits
Charles Duhigg wrote an excellent book called The Power of Habit in which he explained that habits are comprised of three main parts: a cue, a routine, and a reward.
· The cue is the trigger that starts your habit. New Year’s can act as a fitness cue, as can the calendar reminders on your phone.
· The routine is you going to the gym 3-5 times a week.
· The reward is the benefit you receive from taking that action.
It is important to recognize this sequence or loop in which habits are built and ensure that your system includes all 3 elements, including the reward.
A small reward I enjoy is eating a Quest Nutrition bar (the Costco brand) as my treat after working out. You need to find your own small reward—it will create a positive feedback loop and reinforce your new routine.
Once you start implementing habit-forming into your system, exercise will eventually become a part of your life just like brushing your teeth or going to work.
A lot of people don’t dissect their fitness plan down to this level, but systems and habits are essential to achieving the specific goals you’ve set. Whatever new habits you need to form, my advice is to start working on them right now! If you’re not fired up and ready to kick ass at the outset, fitness is not for you.
Step #5: Track Your Data
For your system to work, you need to provide it with constant feed
Log into Wodify immediately after class. Do not omit this step. Don’t count on yourself to remember them week to week because you’ll almost certainly forget. Tracking your data helps you gauge whether your system is working by marking your progress towards your monthly and overall goals. This is where having smaller monthly goals comes in handy. But you can’t mark that progress or gauge your success unless you’re tracking your data.
Step #6: Find External Accountability
· Find a friend who shares your fitness goal and commit to working out together.
· Take a “before” photo and compare it against progress photos you take every 3-4 weeks.
· Post about your fitness journey online so others can see your commitment. You can find support in the CF 231 Q&A Forum.
· Social media platforms and fitness websites are home to tons of people going through the same struggles as you. Join a network and encourage each other.
Whatever you choose, external accountability makes achieving your fitness goals much easier.
Step #7: Iterate Your Plan (Repeat)
Achieving your fitness goal is not a simple one year endeavor you’re undertaking starting January 1, after which you can coast the rest of your life.
Fitness is a journey you’re undertaking for the rest of your life. As such, your systems and habits will change as your body changes and your current setup loses its effectiveness.
Flexibility is key to fitness. You need to be nimble and able to adapt quickly.
Let’s say you outlast the New Year’s crowd and chug along until April, at which point life gets in the way and you fall off the fitness wagon. At that point, it’d be easy to quit for good.
But rather than throwing in the towel, adapt your system to suit where your life is now.
The same truth applies when you reach the other side of your fitness goal. What are you supposed to do now that you’ve reached your personal mountaintop?
You simply start this process all over again with a new goal in mind.
Whatever issue you’re facing, find the holes in your system and patch them. If you need to work out at a different time, switch times. If you need a new accountability partner, find one.
Step #7: Nutrition
Nutrition is equally as important as exercise when thinking of “Optimal Wellness”
During the month of January we will be introducing the Paleo Plan. This nutrition piece will enhance the way you feel and perform.