I have found that setting goals allow you to stay on track. On track for what? On track to hitting your goals of course!
Setting goals in my experience have also:
- kept me motivated
- keeps me focused on the process of reaching the goal (in this case, weight training)
- always monitoring & tweaking the plan to reach my goals
- progress faster because I'm working towards something
- gives me a reason why to go to the gym and train
I have also found if I don't set goals, then...
- I'm not as motivated
- I feel lost
- experience less improvement, and
- since there's no target to move towards, often times I find myself doing the same thing over and over again and not improving
Since I've already broken my previous goals, I've decided to set some new ones today!
Here they are:
Squat: 500lbs (current 1RM is 423.5lbs)
Deadlift: 600lbs (current 1RM is 500.5lbs)
Bench Press: 400lbs (current 1RM is 319lbs)
Press: 300lbs (current 1RM is 214.5lbs)
Power Clean: 315lbs (current 1RM is 225.5lbs)
Deadline: My birthday (April 3rd, 2012)
I've lost weight since moving back to Canada. I was 195lbs, but it's now hovering around 190lbs since 2 weeks ago. Which is great because if and when I do compete in powerlifting competitions, I would probably go for the 82.5Kg class (181.5lbs).
I'm also finding that my gut sticks out a lot less, and it's a lot easier putting on my weight lifting belt!
How did I lose 5 pounds in less than 1 month? It's probably because I'm not eating out all the time, and I'm rarely eating any junk food. On top of that, I'm kicking the heavy bag twice a week (which sure beats any cardio machine) and I walk to and back from the gym (about a 15 minute walk each way).
Good Reads Around The Interwebz
- Want to get stronger? Keep it simple, (stupid!)
- Talk to me Johnnie clarifies how long you should rest in between sets is dependent on what you're trying to achieve
- Women: more reasons why to lift weights. Men: more reasons why to get your girlfriend/wife to lift weights: http://www.niashanks.com/blog/strong-and-feminine
- Old school muscle man Marvin Eder is a beast
- And just when you thought you knew everything about the bench press, Mike Robertson takes you to school again: http://robertsontrainingsystems.com/blog/bench-press/
- Last but not least, here's a video where Arnold speaks about his 6 secrets to success (via http://rosstraining.com/blog/2011/08/04/success-by-arnold-schwarzenegger/)