When you decide to craft the most effective workout routine possible to reach your specific fitness goal, there is a question you need to ask yourself prior to starting. That question is…what is your specific fitness goal?
There are many “goals”…here are a few common ones:
- To gain lean muscle.
- To lose weight.
- To be more flexible.
- To increase core strength.
- To have more energy.
- To feel better.
- To look great in a bathing suit.
And those are just a few. Some people may have much more specific fitness goals in mind. For example, put on 20 pounds of muscle, lose 10 pounds of fat, bench press 300lbs, be able to do a 3 mile run under 18 minutes…etc…etc.
Regardless of your goal, the first critical step in creating the workout routine that will work best for you is figuring out what your overall fitness goal is, and being honest and critical about where you are right now. If I had a dollar for every person that I have talked to about their current fitness level and their goals, and they actually had a clue as to where they were and where they wanted to go, I couldn’t even buy a cup of coffee. Sad but true.
Keep this in mind. Your fitness goals are specific to you! Do not make the mistake of looking at someone else and saying, “Well Mike looks great and works out, I am just going to ask him what he does.” Bad idea, and I see it all the time. Take the time to sit down and really think about what it is that you are trying to accomplish and the “road map” on how you are going to get there.
Yours in Fitness and Health!
Joseph Teti | Founder of T1 Performance Nutrition