We encourage you all to reflect on your training and set new goals. How much progress have you made recently? Have your lifts gone up or technique improved? What about lifestyle and body recomposition goals: have you been sleeping 8 hours per night, or have those loose-fitting jeans been a bit tighter around your posterior [or vice-versa]?
Also consider some goals to improve on: have you been skipping the snatch days, or perhaps you want to re-focus your nutrition habits between the holidays? In order to make the most out of your training, use the ‘S.M.A.R.T.’ criteria for goal-setting:
Using these guidelines, you might take a goal such as, “increase back squat” and re-phrase it as, “add 5kg to my [insert lift here]* by January 1st.” Instead of “work on my clean/snatch form”, re-phrase it as “work the 3rd pull technique so that I meet the bar actively and consistently.” Alternately, instead of aiming to simply, “gain/lose weight,” you might want to, “gain 5lbs of lean mass by January 1st.” These goals, for the most part, are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-specific.
So try it out. Comment on here with your goals, or feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org, as well. Let’s develop a plan for how you will get there, and let’s start shattering some PR’s and achieving some new goals.