Goals can be a double edged sward. I like to make goals each year, but it can be disheartening to see that you haven’t made the progressed you had hoped for. On the other hand, if we’re not moving towards something, it is very tough to stay motivated. The problem is that a year is a very long time. You may be gung-ho for a month or two, but you’re bound to lose steam. So, what do we do?
A friend of mine introduced me to a book called the 12 Week Year. To be honest, I didn’t read the book, but I feel like I got the gist. A year is just too long to maintain focus. The theory is that we can only really stay focused for 12 weeks at a time (apologies to the author for this ridiculous oversimplification). So, I want to approach this year’s goals in a new way.
My recommendation is that you pick two gymnastic goals and two strength goals for the year. Within each of those, I want you to pick 4 progressive goals. For example, my squat goals are – Squat 400 lbs, Squat 415 lbs, Squat 425 lbs, and Squat 435 lbs. Each one of those would be a major victory for me. Maybe you’re goal is to do a bar mu. You could make your goals – 5 Strict Pullups, 10 C2B Pullups, 15 Strict Pullups, Bar MU. Again, each one of those goals should be a victory. If you need guidance, ask your favorite trainer. Let’s get some goals on the board!