When you first start CrossFit, everything is new. You’re learning the format of the classes, the terminology, how to scale, and how to get used to getting out of your comfort zone. After a while, you’ll gain experience and get into a good routine.
Now is an excellent time to sit down and think about the direction of your training. Setting CrossFit goals can help you maintain your motivation and momentum behind developing a consistent workout habit.
The SMART goal-setting framework can help you set effective fitness goals. If you’re not familiar with SMART goals, check out these tips on the SMART CrossFit goal-setting process:
A common fitness goal is to “get in shape.” While this is a noble goal, it is much too vague. Fitness can mean a variety of things to different people. To increase your odds of success, you need to clearly define what “get in shape” means to you. Do you want to get back to a certain 1RM for your back squat? Or maybe you have a certain 5k time in mind? Wherever you want your fitness goals to take you, make sure they are specific and clearly defined.
In addition to making goals specific, you also want to make sure they are measurable. For example, “get faster” is a goal that’s not only vague, but there is no way to measure when you’ve achieved it. Do you want to decrease your 400m run or your 5K? And how will you measure success? A more useful goal would be “Decrease my 5K time to less than 24 minutes.”
Part of the goal-setting process involves finding a balance between knowing what you’re capable of achieving and pushing yourself to new limits. You don’t want to set a goal that’s so easy to accomplish that you wind up less motivated to train. At the same time, you don’t want to push yourself so far that your goal is impossible to achieve. Use your past workout and fitness history to help you figure out what is achievable, yet still challenging.
Goals should generally feel motivating and exciting. If you set a goal and discover you’re not excited to pursue it, this could be because it’s not relevant to your current and overall life goals or stage of life. Set goals that you’re willing to work toward.
Finally, goals need a set timeframe. Give your goals a deadline; otherwise, it’s much too tempting to keep pushing them into the future. Once you have an end date, work backward to come up with smaller deadlines. Treat these mini-deadlines as checkpoints where you can gauge your progress and adjust your training as needed.
Once you’ve completed the SMART goal-setting process, share your goals with your coach. Sharing your goals helps to increase accountability and your chances for success.
CrossFit Furion in West Berlin wants to support you in the pursuit of your CrossFit goals. To learn more about how to get started, contact us today.