Goals And Fitness Goals

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I want to lose weight. I want to gain weight. I want to be strong. I just want to look good. These are some of the most common answers when you ask people what their fitness goals are or when you ask them why they workout. While it's true they are goals, they just aren't very good goals. Let's take a look at what a good fitness goal looks like and how you can help yourself achieve that goal.

Be SMART About It

When setting goals, it's important that you keep them simple and SMART. SMART goals are: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely; hence the term SMART. Let's take a look at exactly what those things mean.


I want to lose weight. While that sounds like a good goal that a lot of people set, it's not very specific. Normally what specific means for fitness goals is putting a number on it. I want to lose weight turns into I want to lose 10 pounds. I want to be stronger turns into I want to be able to squat 315. By putting these numbers in the goal you have something that is specific that you can truly see in your mind.
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In fitness terms, this will probably be very close to the specific portion. A goal that is measurable again has numbers to it. Again by having numbers in your goal you're able to measure them. If you want to lose 10 pounds you're able to hop on a scale and measure your weight. The same goes for wanting to squat 315, you can measure the weight that you are lifting quite easily.
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