January 10, 2012

A Goal without a Plan is just a Wish. A Plan without a Deadline is just a Fairy Tale.

Rant and Tip for January 10, 2012

Quote: A Goal without a Plan is just a Wish. A Plan without a Deadline is just a Fairy Tale. Unknown

How many times have we talked about plans and goals? It seems to be a real pattern. I guess the second part truly is having a deadline for that plan. Now with that said I want to make one point clear, if the goal is not achieved by the deadline it does not mean it is time to abandon the goal. It just means it is time to alter the plan, change things up to get them going again. Make sure you set your goal, lay out a plan and give it a reasonable deadline.

Benching went well yesterday and from this point forward it will be all about getting stronger and pressing heavier weight. When setting a goal in your strength training make sure it is a realistic goal. You will find as you get stronger gains become more difficult. Adding 25 pounds to your bench, squat or deadlift may become an extremely daunting task. The more you hit the weights the hard it is to see the gains. When you first start out your muscles are learning the movements and becoming more efficient at moving the weight. At some point you will hit a plateau, this is when the real work begins. You really need to push harder than you have ever pushed before. You need to tax the central nervous system as well as push the muscle beyond it current limits. This is where you must live when you look to hit new personal records.

You diet needs to be approached the same way with a well laid plan and a deadline to make your goal weight or better yet fat percentage. We all know that when we put on muscle the scale can be deceiving. It is even more important to remember that the deadline is really nothing more than a motivator. The deadline is where you want to be at that point in your journey to a happy healthier you. To many times we get to caught up in wanting the new leaner body and get discouraged when it does not happen fast enough. Again you need to keep in mind the main reason to eat better is to stay healthy. Of course there are always some genetic health issues you will not be able to over come. However this does not mean we should sit back and let things happen. Take control of your diet; do not let your diet control you. Set your goal, lay out a plan and give it a deadline. Then go and get it!

Have a great workout!

Tip: For your weight training it is a good idea to get a training log. Make sure to get a log that will include a section for your daily fuel intake. This way you can see how your workouts respond

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