Are your Training Goals holding you back?

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Are Your Training Goals Holding You Back?

People blame many factors when training doesn’t appear to reap the rewards they are after. Anything from programme design, to ‘poor genetic’s, can be seen as justifications for a lack of success.

There is one other question however that many fail to ask themselves that could give you an extra edge in trying to progress –

Are you even setting yourself the right goal? And by that, I don’t mean “do you know what you want”. I mean “do you know how to get to where you want to be”?

This is a recurring issue that I think could be a solution to many fitness problems!

Great Expectations

So lets think about the post christmas period. We’ve gotten over the winter months and summer is not far away. You want to be able to slide into your favorite bathing suit or bikini when beach time comes. You’ve been working out heavily, but there’s little or no results. Everything hurts and your faith in finishing the exercise program slowly starts to diminish. Well, perhaps your training plan doesn’t meet your expectations? Or is it the other way around?

Professionals manage to drop 10 pounds in a week and social media highlights some epic before and after pictures, but from working in the industry, I can tell you a lot about their methods, not being ‘sustainable by an average person’. Engaging in hours of intense daily exercise, extreme diets, and living life in a bubble (to a certain extent) is a gruelling reality for short term solutions.  So, having the ‘extreme exercisers in mind’, one works out for 5 days, and the scale shows no change, so one starts training harder, losing faith along the way. Then come nutrition changes or self-punishment for food cheats. After the disappointment arrives, the reality is that most people will give up, going back to their old habits, with a lack of success.

Its worthwhile remembering:-

There are no overnight goals.

Those who have managed to pull it off have worked their butts off, and their bodies are the result of invested effort and dedication. However, when you see the before/after picture – an unattainable ideal gets born.

It’s ok to make mistakes, but the biggest mistake is giving up after making them. Visualize your future and make it a part of your identity. Roadblocks are there to be surpassed. Manage expectations accordingly to avoid disappointment,

The Power of Expectations

The power of expectations is a two-way road. They can be productive and help you achieve more. Take for example every sprint or marathon record ever set. On Maj 6, 1954, an English medical student named Roger Bannister was the first to break the four minute mile barrier. It was believed that it couldn’t be done, but he did it.

However, many other athletes have run in his footsteps, while today, it is routinely accomplished by top international runners. When Roger broke the barrier, others started believing that it can be done, and it changed everything.

On the other hand, don’t forget high expectations can sabotage you as well. If your goals are unattainable, you begin to stress. Anxiety rises, so performance is worse. To make sure you have enough encouragement along the way, start keeping track of why you do what you do. Start using a good body tracker app to track your performance, recognize the pace you can manage to perform, adjust, keep doing your personal best, and always try to outdo no one else but yourself.

Don’t Focus Solely on the Outcome

Don’t spend all of your time trying to visualize the outcome, but be happy about taking control of your own behavior. It is up to you to figure out how you will respond to things and this may take experimentation. Try and think about the success of small habits over time.

Build good habits in order to achieve goals that will last a lifetime. If you fail to reach a goal in 3 months, you’ll get frustrated and lose self-confidence. On the other hand, if you manage to reach it in 2 months, but with an unsustainable system, you’ll end up right where you have started.

Consistency takes the cake, after all!

Article written by

Samantha Oliver

Edited by Jill Greenwood

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