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Effective workouts begin with a clearly defined purpose


Omar B. and client at Synergy SD

Creating an effective fitness program begins outside of your fitness facility and the pages of your nutrition program.  There are a multitude of reasons why so many individuals fail in what are often repeated attempts to reach health and fitness goals.  One of the most prominent reasons is the lack of a clearly defined goal attached to a significant "why".  In order to create a significant and lasting change with regard to health and fitness, you must first establish a clearly defined goal. 

It is simply not enough to say "I want to lose 20 pounds".  A goal set in those terms would be akin to "I want to paint my house".  What color? Multiple colors? How will the trim look? What texture?  To bring this concept home, you must ask yourself from what parts of your body do you wish to remove the 20 pounds?  How do you want to look overall when the 20 pounds are gone?  Is a 20 pound weight loss appropriate and healthy or just an arbitrary goal based on your weight five years ago? What is your body composition? 

As you can see, there are quite a few questions to be answered with regard to setting your health and fitness goals.  Answering these types of questions will create a very clear picture of what you are trying to achieve.  This kind of clarity when determining your specific goals will help drive your motivation when you begin your fitness program, and it will help keep you motivated when the going gets tough.  Without a clear picture of what you are trying to achieve, failure is almost inevitable because you won't know where your going. You certainly won't know how to get there. 

Defining your goal is also essential when determining exactly how your fitness program will be designed.  In addition, your goal must now be attached to an important "why".  Why do you want to lose the weight?  A professional trainer will often be met with quizzical looks when asking this question, however, it is crucial to go through this process.  "I want to be thinner".  This "why" won't get you there.  "I want to look better, feel better".  Still not there.  "I want to look better and feel better to set the right example for my children and live long enough to play with my grandchildren".  Now that's a "why"! 

Begin your fitness program by establishing a clearly defined goal and attaching it to a powerful "why" and you have now set yourself up to establish an effective fitness program based on true motivation.  Paint the picture and let's get fit!