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How to Set SMART Fitness Goals

Your path to fitness and health all starts with a want or need, right? Something to attain or aspire to. Just like us, goals come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle, or just increase your endurance, setting and achieving goals along your way is how to gauge success.

At Pinnacle Fitness Club, we believe in SMART goals:

  • Specific
  • Measureable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Time

Specific -Here we mean “getting healthy” is a bit too vague. How would you like to achieve that? Stop smoking? Wear shorts again? Lower your cholesterol? Cut out sugar? We recommend starting with whatever area in life you feel is holding you back from being the healthy you, you want to be. Pick one area, and make that your specific goal. If you try to tackle everything at once, you’re setting yourself up for failure. We see it very often.

Measurable -Have a clear understanding of what success looks like. If weight loss is your goal, how much weight do you want to lose? If you want to lower your cholesterol, what is the ultimate numerical goal? Whatever you decide to go for, be sure to put a value with it. What number is the light at the end of your journey?

Attainable -It’s fantastic to shoot for the stars, but be sure you’re being realistic about your goal and how you’re going to achieve it. For instance, if you decide to cut out sugar, maybe weening yourself off of it in increments is the best route. Sugar is, after all, a very addictive substance. If you go cold turkey, it could sabotage your efforts and lead to a binge. Start slow, and work your way down to a reasonable amount. Always be sure to consult a nutritionist or doctor.

Relevant -Your fitness goals should be set to maximize your life as it is right now. What we mean is, don’t reach for someone else’s goals, or a fad. If your goal is to go to Zumba four times a week because Sally goes three times a week, you’re not going to stick with it. Your goal has to be your own. Take a look at what fitness goals would make you and your family the happiest. That might be being able to keep up on the playground. It might be not having to leave family gatherings to sneak in a smoke. It could simply be having more energy.

Time -When would you like to reach your goal? Now, remember that “attainable” bit from earlier. Do a little research on your specific goal. We know that healthy weight loss happens at about the rate of 1-2 pounds/week. Many smoking cessation plans follow the same steps or a doctor can tell you exactly what steps to take in a certain time frame to lower your cholesterol. You can almost always find a pretty good timeline to follow for your particular fitness goals. Then, set a date and put in the work and discipline to reach your fitness goal!

Now that you know how to set smart fitness goals, let’s get started! Whatever your goal is, we’re here to motivate and support you. We might not be able to slap that donut out of your mouth, but we can make sure you feel supported and encouraged along your path. That’s what makes Pinnacle Fitness Club so unique, we aren’t just a gym in downtown Omaha, we’re a community! If you find that you need support along your path to fitness, we recommend coming in to talk with a personal trainer, or starting a regular class in which you can see familiar faces and become part of a support network, here at Pinnacle.