THE IMPORTANCE OF GOAL SETTING
On a daily basis, personal fitness trainers encounter people who come to them with their overall health-related goals. As a trainer, our job is to assist you in attaining these health goals. However, in order for us to be effective, we must know the specifics of your goals.
Everyone is different, and therefore goals differ. If you goal is to achieve “health,” we must know what you mean by this term. Are you looking for cardio-respiratory fitness? Do you want to lose weight? Get stronger? Get bigger? Increase flexibility? Increase energy levels? Get faster? We need to know these specifics, so your program is structured properly.
If you ask our trainers how they view the attainment of overall health goals, they would offer these benchmarks or areas that would be emphasized:
1. Postural alignment
2. Structural integrity
4. Cardiovascular, cardiorespiratory and neuromuscular strength (the energy systems for all life activities)
For some, the goal may be very specific, such as strengthening the lower back. For others, the goal may be to improve and increase the abilities necessary for daily life (i.e. performing chores, digestion and relaxation).
Once we know your goal, your program will be structured by answering the following questions:
1. Where we will start?
2. What are we going to do?
3. How hard?
4. How much?
5. How often?
6. How long before we change?
7. What do we change?
8. What do we change to?
No matter what your goal or program, proper technique will be emphasized. Proper technique comes before speed, strength or endurance. Proper technique is the cornerstone upon which your program will succeed or fail. Otherwise, you will set yourself up for injury.
You trainer will try to achieve balance in your workout, beginning with:
This is the utilization of large muscle groups to increase your core temperature. A general warm-up prepares your entire system for your workout. A specific warmup will focus on the body part and contribute to greater neuromuscular control.
This is the area you will spend most of your time. Working on your cardio-respiratory system, individual body parts, balance, flexibility, stretching, etc. Depending on your course or your individual program.
This resets the body temperature to as close to normal as possible. Passive stretching is an excellent way to cool down.
Ask questions, make sure you understand why you are performing an exercise, the muscle affected and the benefits.
We want to help you succeed!