Strength Basics

Getting stronger, fitter, and healthier by sticking to the basics. It's not rocket science, it's doing the simple stuff the right way. Strength-Basics updates every Monday, plus extra posts during the week.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Importance of Goals

I've stressed a number of times here the importance of having goals. Here is a simple example to drive home why they are so important:

Two clients.

Client A: No specific goal, just "get better at physical stuff" and "get more endurance."

Client B: Double his score in a scheduled sprint test 1 month from now.

Which client is easier to program for? Which is more likely to get a focused and directed workout that will achieve that goal?


  1. Given the thought question, Client B.

    I would take this question to a new level: the difference between a goal and an objective is that a goal is like a compass direction and an objective is a specific location. Both are essential. You can make up a whole list of measureable objectives, but without goals, you're not sure _why_ you have those objectives.

    In short, the goal is _why_ you're doing it and the objective is _what_ you're doing. Knowing _how_ you're going to connect objective to goal makes your activities even more powerful.

    Being able to define the why, how, and what of your weight lifting program not only helps keep you focused and productive, but can also help you keep things meaningful when you reach your objectives. Suppose your objectives are to do 1 pull up, 1 dip, and run 2 miles in under 19 minutes. Suppose you do that. If you don't know why you're doing it, it'll be pretty difficult for you to determine what you're doing next.

  2. That's a great comment. Yeah, I agree. It's worth saying that the more you know about the what, how, and why of your program, the better it will be.


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