Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Goals for the new year

I love seeing a full house, especially during the holidays when everyone quits going to the gym.
As the year winds down, start thinking about what you want to accomplish in the new year. I bet if you start searching for goals, you'll probably find yet another post about SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound) goals. Maybe I'm jaded by too much time in the corporate world, or maybe it's because I'm such a strong "N", but I find that much detail often throws people off because they don't hit some magic number. I've seen goals like "get 10 pull-ups" or "squat 255 lbs" before. Are you a failure if you only get 9 pull-ups, when before you couldn't do any? What's magic about 255 lbs? Is 115 kg (253 lbs) any worse?

On the other hand, goals like "be healthier" or "get fit" aren't helpful either. There's no actionable plan there (ugh, more corporate speak).

What should you do? Think about the big picture. What do you really want to accomplish? What can you do to accomplish that? Maybe you do want to get some pull-ups, or squat more. That's great, but don't tie yourself to an arbitrary number; look at where you are and try to simply do better. To help you commit to your goals, let's use part of the big board by the water fountain to write down our goals so that everyone knows what we're working towards.

Think about your goals this week, so we can start to focus in on Monday. Speaking of Monday, remember Jordan starts with a 7AM class on Monday. If you can make it, be there to welcome her to the Barbell Strategy team. You'll have lots of fun in her class.
3 attempts, max push-ups (more info)


5-5-5 press
3-3-3 push press
1-1-1 jerk
add weight every set