Taking a Bar Method class 3-5 times per week has major benefits that range from improved flexibility and strength to a more toned-looking physique. Whatever your motivation, setting solid goals for what you can achieve with class will have a huge impact on your success while inspiring you to stay on track when life gets hectic.
According to SELF Magazine, there are a handful of best practices that can make all of the difference when thinking about the fitness milestones you want to reach. These tried and true tactics are rolled into the SMART Method, a goal-setting guide that trainers and professional athletes swear by. The SMART Method says that each should be five things: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely.
- Specific: A general goal like “getting stronger” is good in that it will help you identify a direction and path for all of your hard work, but it the SMART Method calls for a more specific goal that you can narrow down as you progress. If your goal is strength, identify something that’s particularly hard for you right now. If your goal is to be healthier, connect it to something like weight loss or your energy levels.
- Measurable: Not only will measuring your progress do wonders for your motivation, but it will help you see what’s working (or isn’t!) so you can keep fine-tuning for improvement and eventual reach. If you hope to lose, weight, consider measuring your accomplishments in pounds or inches. If you’re working on becoming stronger, set specific challenges for yourself in each portion of class and proudly note when you meet them.
- Attainable: The SMART Method says that a good goal is attainable, so choose something within reach that requires discipline and dedication. Never made it through thigh without taking a break? Start with getting through an entire subset or exercise that’s especially tough. Build on your goal once you get there!
- Relevant: Students regularly tell us how Bar Method has helped them in different parts of their life, whether staying in shape before giving birth or toning up before their wedding. Tie your goal to an event in your own life to give you a little bit of extra inspiration. It makes a big difference!
- Timely: Giving yourself enough time to successfully accomplish your goal is healthy, but open-ended goals can cause potential pitfalls. The SMART Method suggests using time to create a sense of urgency and keep yourself on track. There’s no magical time-frame for achieving fitness goals, so be honest with yourself and come up with a plan that fits your lifestyle and what you hope to achieve.
Whatever your goal, using the SMART Method to put together a quick plan will help you reach your goals. Hold yourself accountable and be consistent – results are sure to follow!
(h/t SELF Magazine)