If you’re trying to lose weight, get healthy, build muscle or excel at a sport, you’ll need specific goals. When you don’t have a specific goal, it’s difficult to keep exercising and to track your progress to see how far you’ve come. Before you get busy, take a moment and ask yourself these questions:
1. What do I want to accomplish with this exercise program?
2. Is my goal realistic and attainable?
3. Do I know how to reach my goal?
4. When do I want to reach my goal?
5. How will I reward myself when I reach my goal?
After winning 1st place in my class at the NPC San Diego Figure Competition in March 2010, it has qualified me for Nationals. I am now training and preparing for my National Championship Figure Competition in Cleveland, Ohio on September 3, 2010. My current goal is to gain more muscle, specifically in my upper body. Therefore, this means I have to lift with heavier weights and increase my food intake to build more lean muscle. As the weeks progress, my goals will continue to change. My training and competitor nutrition programs will both change – therefore, lifting lighter weights and decreasing calorie intake.
Muscle gain occurs when you eat more calories than you burn coupled with heavy strength training. If you lift weights, you can build muscle but if you want to put on some serious size, that requires serious work, extra calories and commitment.
Fat loss occurs when you burn more calories than you eat. If you burn an extra 500 calories per day, you would lose about a pound a week. You can’t choose where you lose fat–Spot training doesn’t work because your body draws energy from the entire body when you exercise, not just from the area you’re exercising.
Follow along on my journey and check out my weekly blogs on our website at www.lajollasportsclub.com. I look forward to sharing my goals and updates with you as I prepare for Nationals, as well as sharing helpful tips and information to help you meet your personal goals.