One of the biggest issues in today's fitness industry is the state of mind. Everyone is
after a physique like a Greek God, and everyone has forgotten about the true
purpose of the human body: functionality.
When you look at an Olympic athlete, they look great - some would say amazing. But
their goal isn’t to look great. They’re crafting their body from the perspective of
human performance, and the physique comes with it.
If you’ve been struggling to meet the rigorous demands of your workout program
and diet, it could be time to make a sustainable change towards a program that is
progressive in nature and goal-oriented.
What is Goal-Oriented Training?
Exactly as it sounds, goal-oriented training is training towards a specific goal,
generally in performance rather than physique and body composition.
For example, in a goal-oriented training program, your goal might be to bench 200
pounds, rather than develop a strong and sexy chest. Another goal could be to squat
300 times, rather than develop lean legs and glutes.
This process enables you to see your body as more than just a superficial item. You
view your body as a functional machine that can be changed to look good through
functional, performance-based training.
Benefits of Goal-Oriented Training
Why would you train this way rather than strictly for aesthetics? The simple answer is that any training will help you shape your body into better composition with
greater muscle development.
This style of training will help you to emphasise form and function. You’ll train to
grow stronger, and in the process will develop a spectacular physique.
How to Get Started
Getting started with this style of training is as simple as defining your goals. They
don't have to be anything crazy, just enough to cause some form of sustainable
Try these tips for your new training program:
1. Pick compound lifts for your goals. Exercises like squat, deadlift, bench press,
and other compound exercises recruit many muscles and large metabolic
systems. They’re perfect for your long-term goals.
Top Tip: If you want to develop your legs, orient your goals around
increasing your squat and lunging exercises.
2. Understand, this isn't about physique. The faster you can forget about how you
look the better off you’ll be when it comes to true success in the gym. Your only
focus should be to increase the weight in your compound lifts and move
toward your goal.
3. Start off light and easy. There’s no need to start training with high weights.
You’ll train your body and grow your muscles with the resistance as you go. So,
start with weights that are comfortable for you.
4. View your program with a long-term mindset. If you’re to be successful in this
new regimen, you must view the process as a long-term goal. There is no need to weigh yourself each morning, or constantly measure your waist.
One Last Thing
If weights aren’t your thing, you can always move toward the endurance route. You
can have goals of running a half marathon or running a 50-second 400-meters.
There’s absolutely no need to be fixated on weightlifting, yet it is one of the easier
ways to track progress.
If you’ve been struggling to lose weight and feel unsatisfied with your current body,
then it could be time for you to make a change to goal-oriented training.
Take your time and work through your fitness regimen. Find a trainer that
specialises in strength-based progressions rather than physique.
Who knows? You might be a future Olympian and you never saw your own potential!
Remember, there are numerous training plans available to members in the member zone. Take a look at our member features section for all the info.