Bodybuilding is a form of physical exercise that requires motivation and determination. In order to get to the physical stage that one deems right you must first set yourself a list of goals. This article will show you how to set your bodybuilding goals to reach and achieve your own personal target.
The first thing to remember about setting your goals is to make them realistic. If you wish to lose/gain weight make it something you can actually achieve. For example losing 2pounds per week is an achievable goal. Your goals need to depend upon certain factors of your lifestyle. For example are you a beginner or an expert? This will dramatically affect your goals. Do you eat the correct diet? There are many things that can supplement your diet for example you can buy diet books suited to your sport. There are also protein supplements such as Protein shakes and tablets.
You need to find a good starting point for your goals. As said previously losing 1-2 pounds per week is a good starting point after considering your lifestyle factors. As you start to find that losing 1-2 pounds per week is becoming easy you may want to step it up a notch to 2-3 pounds.
Try looking at the SMART principle to help you set your goals; Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timeframe.
Specific– set yourself clear goals e.g. I want to tone my stomach.
Measurable– be more specific about your goal this will help you track your progress e.g. I want to start showing abdominal shape in three weeks.
Attainable- make sure your goal is achievable. If the goal isn’t achievable then you will start to give up hope that you can achieve it. This may include setting smaller goals throughout trying to achieve the main goal in order to keep motivated.
Realistic– is your goal realistic? Again this coincides with ‘attainable’ in that if your main goal isn’t realistic you will start losing your motivation to achieve it.
Timeline– your goal should definitely have a timeline in which you will aim to achieve it by. This will help you again to keep motivated in doing it. By giving yourself a date you are holding yourself solely responsible for completing it.
Finally give yourself an action plan. What you are going to do on a day to day basis. For example’ I will run for 30 minutes’ or ‘I will sleep for 8 hours per day’