Keeping Your Training on Track: Part 1

Keeping Your Training on Track

Part One: The S.M.A.R.T Method

Written by Taylor Germany


Most of us at one time or another have decided to get in shape. Once that decision had been made we then started going to the gym, eating healthier, getting enough sleep, or some combination of the three. Then after a week or two the enthusiasm that fueled the "new you" starts to wane and you find yourself wondering where it went wrong because it had been going so well.

This is a struggle that most people share; with that in mind here are some tips and tricks for staying on track with your health goals.


Know your Destination

Setting goals is an important part of any plan, when it comes to health it is no different. A clear goal needs to be set. When it is clear what you are working towards, it is much easier to stay motivated and stay on track.


When making a clear goal there are many important aspects, so it is helpful to use the S.M.A.R.T Method. That means that the goal should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely.


Here is the definition of S.M.A.R.T. goals.  I am also going to include an example of what a SMART goal may be using pull-ups as the example.


S: Specific

                The goal must be specific, or well defined.

                I want to be able to do 8 pull-ups in a row is a good example of being specific whereas I

               want to be able to do more pull-ups is not.


M: Measurable

                The goal should be measurable; this allows you to track your progress.

                The goal of 8 pull-ups is easily measured (you just count how many you do), whereas a

                bad example would be “I want to be better at pull-ups” is not as easily measured.


A: Achievable

                The goal should be something that you believe you can achieve.

                If you are able to do 1 or 2 pull-ups then the goal of 8 straight pull-ups would be

               considered achievable. However if you cannot do a single pull-up you should reevaluate

               your goal and go for something a little bit more in range such as 1 pull-up.


R: Realistic

                Realistic is something that you are willing to put the time in to achieve.

                If you dislike pull-ups with a passion then you are not likely going to spend the time to

               improve them and that is a bad goal.


T: Timely

                The goal must be time specific, this allows time to track progress as well as give a

                “deadline” to the goal so you can stay on track.

                I want to be able to do 8 pull-ups in a row by January 31st


Using this SMART method will allow you to put goals where you can reach them, and in turn more likely to achieve them. Following these parameters will help to keep you on track by giving you a personal goal and making it attainable. Once your goal is clear, your next step is making it a habit. Stay tuned for Part Two: How to Commit to Your Goal.


Let me know if you have any questions or need any help in preparing your SMART plan. You can email me at