Setting a strength training goal is just like any other goal. Have you heard of SMART goals?

SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. To set yourself a SMART goal you break it down between these categories. This can be great fun to do as you are creating a programme you will enjoy and stick to as opposed to being told what to do.

For this example we will use the goal of being able to squat your own weight on a barbell. Your specific will be the how, what and why of your goal.

Your measurable will be how you intend monitoring your progress.

Achievable is simply giving yourself a target such as half your body weight.

Realistic means exactly that; do you truly believe you are capable of, and willing to put in the work to, reach your goal?

Setting the time for when you want to achieve your goal by can be both motivational and discouraging depending on the time line. Don’t set it so close that you are almost doomed to failure before you start.

A complete SMART goal might look like:

I can currently squat 55kg on a barbell. Each month I will aim to increase the weight by 4kg so that i 3 months time, I want to be able to squat my own bodyweight, (67kg).

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