Setting Goals Based On Your Current State

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Early 2014, my training was going strong.  I was diving back into a competitive fitness program after 5 years of competing in Strongman.  

I was training hard, often.  I was eating well, sleeping well, and recovering well.

Then in December, our first son was born.  Without a doubt, one of the best things to ever happen to me, and has changed my life for the better in more ways than I can count. 

I remember taking some time off, and then trying to get back to “normal” squatting. 

I set some goals like I usually would, and tackled a “normal” program for me.

But about halfway through the squat program (and about halfway up a squat), I felt a lightning strike go up my thigh.

Yep, I’d just experienced a pretty bad strain.  And it’s an injury that would pop back up for YEARS (honestly until just this past month, I hadn’t squatted over 400 again since about that time).

The issue? I was setting goals and attempting to train based on my life before kids. And obviously, I had the easy end of the deal here since my wife is the one who carried him for 9 months and delivered him.

But I was lacking sleep, my stress was way up, and my eating was out the window.  And it took a toll on my body, and how I could recover from a workout that used to be “normal”.

I was setting my goals based on my OLD life, rather than my CURRENT one.

In this week’s video, Coach Heather gives a few basic tips on how to set goals based on your current situation, instead of your (possibly idealized) past.

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See ya,


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