As the arguably two best-performing football teams of this season prepare to face off in the biggest football showdown of the year, do you ever think about what is going through the heads of the athletes? Do their minds turn into never-ending movie reels of plays, running patterns, and team drills? Do they think through endless game scenarios? Are they planning out the best possible meal combinations of carbohydrates, protein, and fiber to give them the best performance? Are they hydrating until they feel water-logged? We’re guessing their trainers are at full-throttle, suggesting exercises to keep up the players’ strength and flexibility. Regardless of who wins, and who will go home in second place, you can be certain that these players have worked really, really hard to be in the best physical shape of their lives because of this goal they’re set on achieving.
Speaking of goals . . . what is yours? World football championship domination aside, have you set a fitness goal lately? If not, you’re not alone. Most people who continue to exercise do it “just because.” While you may have started at FIT36 for one reason (to lose weight, to gain muscle definition, because you kinda liked this guy in the HIIT class) you’re keeping up with it because you’ve gotten in great shape, you like how it makes you feel, you’re seeing some impressive results, and it’s become sort of a habit. It’s just what you do, darn it.
As great as our 36-minute classes are, however, everyone’s motivation can use a little spark once in a while. In this case, we’d like to suggest a goal-setting session. What is something that you’ve always wanted to do, but were worried you might not be strong or fit enough to accomplish it?
Run (not walk) the local outdoor incline? Bag a 14-er? Run a 10k at a 7-minute mile pace? How about a mile open-water swim? Or our favorite: sign up for a sprint triathlon (you get to push yourself through all three triathlon events at a shorter distance than a traditional triathlon).
Setting a fitness goal can set a new spark in your fitness routine like little else can. When you have a set event planned with a built-in deadline, you’ll be much less likely to skip out on your regular workouts. On the contrary, you might even find yourself working to fit even more exercise into your schedule.
Goal guru Tony Robbins tells us that, “setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” You can bet that the players in this weekend’s big game weren’t born knowing they’d be at the top of their professional football career, playing in the Game Of All Games one day. They had to start somewhere, and had to make some big, hard, and frightening choices. And while your participation in a spring triathlon might not draw millions of viewers, it could very well be a life-altering moment for you.
Go ahead – take a risk, set a lofty fitness goal, train hard at FIT36, and watch how you surprise yourself as you prepare to meet it.