If you’re a beginner or trying to level up your current physique, having a fitness goal can help you understand what you want to achieve and how to get there.
Of course, we highly recommend speaking with a fitness coach or personal trainer, like Grandmaster Ladan, to discuss which one suits you best and then work on an effective plan to get you there!
But to get started, we have some information that might help you figure out what direction you’d like to go.
When we ask our clients what they want to achieve, the most common answers we get from our inquiries are:
- To build muscle
- To lose fat
- To gain weight
- To lose weight
- To get “toned”
- To improve performance
- To get “in shape”
- To be healthier
- To look great naked!
...or, any combination of the items on this list!
And those are just the broad answers!
Some people may have much more specific fitness goals in mind.
For example, build “X” pounds of muscle, lose “X” amount of fat, get a six-pack, deadlift 400 lbs, fit into a certain piece of clothing, so on and so forth.
These are wonderful options.
Remember, this is about what will make you feel healthy and comfortable in your own skin!
Whatever your workout/exercise related goal may be, and no matter how broad or specific it may be, the crucial first step in creating the workout routine that will work best for you is figuring out what your overall fitness goal is right now.
So, what is your current fitness goal?
Based on your answer, certain aspects of your workout routine will need to be set up a certain way to best accommodate that goal.
Since there are a million ways this can go and I’m a big fan of simplifying things as much as possible, we’re going to break up all of the possible fitness goals into just 2 groups: team “looks” and team “performance.”
Let me show you what each of these include…
The people in this group have the primary goal of improving the way their body looks.
They want to build muscle, lose fat, or do both.
Pretty simple, right?
This group also includes more generic goals like getting “toned,” getting a six-pack, losing/gaining weight, or really anything that basically translates into “I want to look better.”
Granted, there are various differences between the goals we just described, and there are some adjustments that should be made to your workout routine depending on EXACTLY what your goal is.
But, in the most basic sense, anyone whose primary goal is to somehow improve the way their body looks falls into this same top level category.
The people in this group have the primary goal of improving the way their body performs.
They want to get stronger, get faster, get better at a certain sport or activity, or really anything that translates into “I want to perform better.”
There are various differences between the goals we just described, and the adjustments that should be made to your workout routine depending on EXACTLY what your goal is.
But, anyone whose primary goal is to somehow improve the way their body performs falls into this same top level category.
Team “Looks” vs Team “Performance”
So, did you figure out which group your fitness goal fits into best? Good!
Now is a good time to mention that there is a lot of overlap between the groups.
Meaning, training for performance will eventually lead to more muscle and/or less fat in most cases.
And, training for looks will ultimately lead to increased strength and improved performance in most cases.
However, it will NOT be in a way that is most optimal for those goals.
It would be more of a side effect.
But, I don’t think anyone is complaining!
That being said, this is why the objective here is to set up a workout routine that is as optimal as possible for your primary fitness goal.
That needs to be the sole focus even though it may lead to various secondary goals being reached as well.
Meaning, if your goal is “looks” related, you want to only do the things that will maximize those results.
If your goal is “performance” related, you want to only do the things that will maximize those results.
Okay great, but what’s next?
Now that you have your exact fitness goal in mind, you’re ready to start putting together a workout routine.
This new routine now aims to reach your goal as quickly and effectively as possible.
The next step is to figure out what your training experience level is.
Meaning, are you a beginner, intermediate or advanced trainee? Let’s find out…
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