This time of the year provides a great opportunity to reflect on your training and set new goals. How much progress have you made recently? Have your WOD times gone down or pull-ups gone up? What about lifestyle and body recomposition goals: have you been sleeping 8 hours per night, or have those tight-fitting jeans been a bit looser around your waist?
Also consider some goals to improve on: have you been skipping the longer met-cons or heavier strength days, or perhaps you want to re-focus your nutrition habits between the holidays? In order to make the most out of your training, use the ‘S.M.A.R.T.’ criteria for goal-setting:
Using these guidelines, you might take a goal such as, “improve at gymnastics” and re-phrase it as, “be able to perform 1 muscle-up on the rings* by January 1st.” Alternately, instead of aiming to simply, “lose weight,” you might want to, “lose 5 lbs of body fat while maintaing muscle mass by January 1st.” These goals, for the most part, are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-specific.
So try it out. Comment on here with your goals, or feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org as well. Develop a plan for how you will get there, and let’s start shattering some PR’s and achieving some new goals.