October 15, 2020 | By Marisa Lopez In Advice, Workouts Setting S.M.A.R.T.(er) Goals! by Marisa Lopez Have you ever felt like you’ve been working really hard but not seeing the results you desire in the gym? It can be frustrating to see little to no improvement and it can make you want to give up. Many individuals bounce from one thing to another and wonder why they are not improving. Today we will discuss why setting SMART goals can help you get more focused with your workouts, time and progress so you’re not wasting your time. So what does S.M.A.R.T. stand for? S – Specific It’s great that you have a goal but now it’s time to get more detailed about what exactly you’d like to achieve. Think of what specifically will you do to achieve this goal. What is it you’d like to accomplish? M – MeasurableHow will you measure this specific goal. Will you weigh yourself weekly? Will you scan your bodyfat. Will you test your strength with benchmark workouts? This creates a more tangible goal because you will have a way to check your progress. A – AchievableThis means your goal should be realistic and attainable. It should be challenging but not impossible, extremely difficult and/or unhealthy. Example: Making a goal to lose 60 lbs. in a month is not a realistic or healthy goal.R – RelevantWhen setting goals remember to focus on a goal that is important to you and not something that is pressured by others. If it makes sense to you and you feel good about accomplishing this goal then you are on the right track. T – Time-BoundRemember to include a start date and an end date. Having a deadline can be extremely helpful to keep you motivated. Remember to check in with your realistic category when taking this into consideration. And that’s it! You now know how to set a SMART goal. You may need to add in some more specific items to help keep you stay on track but remember to be flexible with the plan and stay consistent. Hard work pays off and having a plan will only make your chances of being successful improve!