Training with Purpose Part 1

Training, exercise, working out – whatever you call it, it’s all hard work. What are you working for? Perhaps you’ve made a new years resolution, started a challenge with a friend, or simply want to stay healthy – no matter what the situation as, you most likely started your gym habit for a purpose. Today, we’re going to delve into the idea of creating purposeful and goal oriented workouts and how these things can help us not only achieve our goals, but how they can keep training fun too,

First off, grab a pen and paper and jot down your responses to the questions below. Now, think back to why you started training (or if you haven’t started, spend some time considering a reason you might start).

What was/is your goal?

Did you achieve your goal? Why/why not? OR Why do you have the goal that you do?

If you’ve already achieved it, what is keeping you going now?

If you’ve yet to achieve it, what are the steps you need to take to get yourself there?

Considering all the aspects of our purpose and writing them down can be a great way to commit fully and set ourselves up for success.

Now that we have our purpose – let’s make it actionable!

F.A.S.T. Goals

Fast goals are:

Frequently discussed

  • with a coach, friend, mentor, etc


  • they should be achievable, but they should push you too!


  • for example, you want to do 5 pull-ups, not “just get better”


  • keeping your progress and your struggles visible to yourself, to your coach, or even with a group of like minded folks can help keep you from getting stuck or from tricking yourself out of working towards your goal.

Now, it’s your turn! What is your FAST goal?

Check in next Wednesday for Part 2 where we will talk about strategies to achieve your FAST goal!

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