When it comes to fitness, we all have different goals. For some, it may be weight loss. For others it may be building endurance. Others may want to build muscle mass.
Before you set your fitness goals, there are two items you need to consider:
- Are they competing goals?
- Are they specific enough?
Avoid Competing Goals
You can achieve all of your long-term fitness goals. What we want to discuss is how best to prioritize your goals and how to select goals that complement -- instead of compete -- with each other to achieve the best overall results.
It’s important to find goals that complement each other versus compete against each other. Building endurance to run a faster split time and wanting to lose body fat can be considered competing goals. Building endurance is a performance goal that focuses more on cardio. While losing body fat can be considered an aesthetic goal, which focuses more on strength training. Unless you are very disciplined, or participate in a program such as Farrell’s, your timeline to achieving both these goals may take longer as these require different fitness regiments and adjustments.
An example of a complementary goal that can be achieved through the Farrell’s program includes losing body fat and increasing lean muscle mass. Both focus on strength training and can be achieved together through our proven program and our nutrition coaching.
At Farrell’s, our program is comprehensive and includes multiple components, including accountability, to help achieve all fitness goals. At Farrell’s, our head coaches are able to help you identify where you may need to make adjustments and set complementary goals that will take less time (and avoid much frustration) to achieve.
It’s easy to say you want to “lose weight” or “build endurance”, but without specific goals, you won’t be able to measure your success.
Losing weight is nice, but what you really want is to lose body fat. Your goal should be more specific, such as:
- Weight Loss: “I want to lose 5 pounds of body fat.”
- Toning: “I want to gain 7 pounds of lean muscle mass.”
- Build Endurance: “I want to decrease my mile run by one minute.”
Next, you want to set a timeline. Being as specific as you can with your goals (and sharing them with others) will help you stay accountable and track your progress.
- Do you want to achieve your goals in three months, six months, or one year?
- What is realistic that you can manage?
- How will you track your progress?
For those interested in body fat loss, Farrell’s offers the InBody machine, which analyzes your body composition so you can track your body fat, lean mass, and water weight (and more fun metrics)!
At Farrell’s, we make achieving fitness goals easy by keeping our classes short and focused (only 45 minutes). Alternating kickboxing and strength training classes six days a week allows for variety and consistency, helping build healthy habits that will stick.
(2013 National Challenge winner Erica's one-year Farrell's Transformation. Individual results may vary.)
If you’re ready to make some healthy changes, it’s important to follow these tips when setting your goals. If you are looking for support and a program that is proven to work, regardless of your goals, contact your nearest Farrell’s location and enroll today!