By Janice McCurdy, PTS/FIS
Summer is over, the leaves are changing colour, and chillier weather is upon us. Similar to January, this is a time for new beginnings for many people and for me, as a Personal Trainer, it is also a time when I see new clients who would like to get in shape but have no idea how to get there. This is when I sit them down and ask them to tell me their goals. Often people have a very vague idea of what they would like so I work with them to apply “SMART” to their goal. SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. Applying the SMART principle to their goal really helps clients to understand what they need to do to achieve it. Once we apply SMART, it is easier to get excited, as now it seems attainable to achieve the goal the client has set when before it was a shot in the dark.
For example, if a client comes to me and tells me she would like to lose weight, I would have them apply SMART to this goal. We would make it a SMART goal by asking the following questions:
Is this goal specific? I would like to lose 10 lbs. Fair enough!
Is this goal Measurable? Yes, we can do a weekly weigh-in on the Body Composition Scale. Great!
Is this goal Achievable? Yes, with a regular exercise program and a healthy eating plan, it sure is.
Is it Realistic? Yes – the loss of 1 to 2 lbs. per week is a healthy weight loss.
Is it Timely? I would like to lose the weight in 2 months
Appling a SMART goal gives the client clarity, focus and motivation to reach their objectives. It’s easy to use and anyone can do it without the need for special tools or training. You can apply this principle in any area of your life where you have something you want to accomplish. By defining your goal using the SMART principle, you can gain clarity not only of what you want to achieve but how you are going to get there.
If you have questions about setting your goals or need some further help on achieving them, please don’t hesitate to book a free consultation with one of our fully certified trainers. We would be happy to give suggestions and point you in the right direction.