What’s Important to You?…Goal Setting
By Christopher Martin
Head Strength Coach at BHA
Last week I spoke about nutrition and what a monumental role it plays in any training program. If you want to lose or gain weight, it comes down to one simple principle, calories in calories out. Whether your goal is to gain or lose weight, you need to know what is going into your body, and that it is the best choice of fuel for that goal.
With that in mind, I believe there is another training aspect that is just as vital in success, Goal Setting. A principle I’ve adopted in every aspect of my life is Kaizen. Put simply, small incremental improvements all the time, that lead to a greater goal.
Being very specific in defining my goal was monumental in how I attacked it (See Week 1) or any goal for that matter. I did not just want to “lean out.” I wanted to have single digit body fat… 9% or I was going to die trying. Instead of thinking about having to lose 6% Body fat, I decided that I would lose 3% the first four weeks, 2% the next four weeks, and then 1% over the last four weeks. Breaking it down into smaller tasks and having success at each step along the way, kept me from being distracted by the bigger picture.
I do not care if you want to work on your first three steps, gain some weight, or have the most goals on your team. Be specific in what your goal is. For example, I want to add 10lbs of lean muscle in 10wks, or I want to score 30 goals next season. From there, you can break the goal down into smaller pieces i.e. I will gain one pound by next Wednesday. This ensures success for a variety of reasons. You won’t be so overwhelmed or unsure of yourself because it seems so much smaller and attainable. Also, by hitting these benchmarks, it keeps you motivated with positive reinforcement, or encouragement, with the feeling that you will eventually get there.
At Barron Hockey Academy, we have implemented testing for our off-season clients so they can see where they are at the beginning of training and make a goal for where they want to be by the time they are ready for in-season. (See Picture Upper Left)
When athletes start talking with me about what they want out of training, “Bigger, Faster, Stronger” is not the answer I’m looking for. They shouldn’t be satisfied with such vague goals. Be specific in what you want, break it down into smaller obtainable pieces and attack every step along the way. For further reading, here is an article related to this topic.
Next week we will talk more about how to reach any goal you set, so stay tuned!
Yours in health,
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