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    Jul 31, 2010 9:55 PM GMT
    So, what do you plan to do AFTER you reach your fitness goal?

    If you've already reached your goal:
    How has it changed your life?
    Are you working to maintain it?
    If you had to start from scratch again, would you do anything different?
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    Jul 31, 2010 10:56 PM GMT
    Every time I take a step towards my goals, my injuries flare up and I take two steps back.

    So yes, at this point goals are useless. I just do a little bit of this and a little bit of that, whatever doesn't hurt, which isn't much.
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    Aug 01, 2010 4:23 AM GMT
    I have to have fitness goals, especially if I'm planning something (like a vacation). When I reach my goals, then my goals alter. Usually, just to specific time limits to keep my bod in the shape that it's in. I'm pretty happy w/ my bod, and with a few exceptions I'm just trying to maintain. So my goal is to do 5 days/wk w/ my personal trainer and a minimum of 4 hrs/wk of cardio.

    Seems to have worked pretty well for me over the past couple years.
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    Aug 01, 2010 4:32 AM GMT
    My fitness goals aren't so much end points as they are malleable areas. In fitness industry jargon there's this thing called a SMART goal (It's an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable...I..forget the RT). Anyway it's when you say "Ok I want to lose 2 inches off my waist in 2 months by working out THIS specific number of days a week each day THIS specific amount of time and by not eating this and eating this instead and blah blah. I don't do that. My fitness goals are clothes-based, so it's like OK these things in my wardrobe have to fit me. If they do then THESE which have never fit me have to fit me, or these which technically fit me but currently make me look lumpy have to look better on me. I dunno it kinda works for me.
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    Aug 01, 2010 4:35 AM GMT
    Heh, my fitness goals match whatever I'm trying to do on my snowboard / skateboard at the time, and are more in the line of "to nail that indy-360 over those rocks, I'm going to have to be able to jump higher, spin faster, and carve out before I hit that patch of moguls." So squatting faster, lots of oblique twists, and jump squats while spinning is the workout at the time. Once I hit that goal, the goal changes to a 540. Or bigger gaps. Or healing from injuries, etc.
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    Aug 01, 2010 4:38 AM GMT
    Ciarsolo said In fitness industry jargon there's this thing called a SMART goal (It's an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable...I..forget the RT).

    Realistic and Timely. I can't tell you how many times I've had to listen to consultants blab on about SMART goals in the software industry. Seems everyone takes up the "smart" goal system these days, even the fitness and tech industries.
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    Aug 01, 2010 7:14 AM GMT
    Need goals AND dreams to keep going.

    Fitness goals are new to me, I just want to look better at 50 than I was at 40, and I'm on my way to it. But barely find it motivating enough to work as seriously as I could.

    My dream (unrealistic), is to become again able to do track and fields, if aging lower enough my explosive power so that I become again able to do intense stuff without tearing my muscles.

    The unrealistic dream motivate me a lot more than the reasonable one, it sustain me when the narcissic motivation feel so vain I could quit.

    When I was a kid (10yo), I dreamed at nigh to get a medal in county level track competitions. I was so ungifted physically (slow, weak and uncoordinated), that when I finally succeeded 4 years later, all my sport buddies and coaches felt I did reach my max, and that it was awsome.
    For me, I still felt humiliated to be so weak, and dreamed sweet revange beating all those physically gifted jocks so out of my league.
    The dream to beat the popular champions sustained me and my investment in training, and I ended up reaching international level, a miracle the guys who knew me as a teenager still can't beleive.

    A goal is just an intermediate reasonable target, it's dreams which creates motivation.
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    Aug 01, 2010 7:20 AM GMT
    The body's a temple.

    Never stop remodeling. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 01, 2010 7:22 AM GMT
    FredSh9483 saidThe body's a temple.

    Never stop remodeling. icon_wink.gif


    Sounds like your temple is along the upper east side in Manhattan if your always remodeling icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 01, 2010 1:06 PM GMT
    FredSh9483 saidThe body's a temple.

    Never stop remodeling. icon_wink.gif
    I just wanna make the steeple longer.
  • rnch

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    Aug 01, 2010 1:11 PM GMT
    a this point in my life; MY fitness goals are to work out enough to avoid having to shop at the "Stylishly Stout" specialty stores. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 01, 2010 4:32 PM GMT
    I don´t have any goals of the "lift X amount", "do this distance in X time" goals. For me it´s 100% about physical culture, not athletic performance.
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    Aug 01, 2010 4:35 PM GMT
    I don't think there is anything useless or negative about having a fitness goal.
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    Aug 01, 2010 4:37 PM GMT
    My fitness goal is PROGRESS.... so it's not "reached" unless I keep at it.
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    Aug 01, 2010 4:58 PM GMT
    SAHEM62896 saidMy fitness goal is PROGRESS.... so it's not "reached" unless I keep at it.

    ....you have learned well, grasshopper!
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    Aug 01, 2010 5:00 PM GMT
    oaktownguy said
    SAHEM62896 saidMy fitness goal is PROGRESS.... so it's not "reached" unless I keep at it.

    ....you have learned well, grasshopper!



    Actually, I am training until I can take the pebble from oaktownguy's hand...
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    Aug 01, 2010 5:32 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI don't think there is anything useless or negative about having a fitness goal.


    OMg! Twice now....we agree! LOL!

    Not having fitness goal is bloody silly. Once you reach that goal, you seek out and meet the next. And then the next. And then the next.

    This should be not only about fitness goals, but life in general.

    Contentment breeds complacency.

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    Aug 01, 2010 8:14 PM GMT
    I don't believe goals are important or essential.

    As children we used to just play for the sake of playing, and we were fit. There were no goals. Sadly, I have a suspicion that I was among the last generation who grew up this way.
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    Aug 01, 2010 8:17 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidSo, what do you plan to do AFTER you reach your fitness goal?

    If you've already reached your goal:
    How has it changed your life?
    Are you working to maintain it?
    If you had to start from scratch again, would you do anything different?



    Make new goals! There's always something else you can work towards. If you've reached your ideally body, find something else. Maybe instead of working on perfecting your body work on getting stronger, or faster, or learning more about the science behind fitness. There is always more to take in.

    Personally I have long term goals and short term goals. Long term goals being to be fit and healthy and to live a long life. Short terms goals being to get my weight down to a certain spot, lose fat, and build muscle.

    I am constantly working towards my goals and when I reach one goal I set new ones.
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    Aug 02, 2010 2:01 AM GMT
    "working out is a journey, not a destination"

    somebody told me that when I first got into lifting...
  • barriehomeboy

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    Aug 02, 2010 2:06 AM GMT
    Fitness goals are for people who never reach them. It keeps them motivated and coming back to the gym, and paying for the membership. You're the exception. You're on of those "easy-gainers" they talk about in the str8 muscle magazines.
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    Aug 02, 2010 2:07 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy said str8 muscle magazines.


    lolz oxymoron
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    Aug 02, 2010 2:17 AM GMT
    Ricovelas said
    Sounds like your temple is along the upper east side in Manhattan if your always remodeling icon_razz.gif


    paulflexes said
    I just wanna make the steeple longer.


    What can I say, Ricovelas? My temple's a damn mess! icon_lol.gif

    I can help with that, Paulflexes. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 02, 2010 2:17 AM GMT
    Hmmm I USED to be at my fitness goals, I cant say it made my life any better, just that its nice feeling healthy...

    but now Im no longer on top of it, ppl keep telling me I look too skinny now lol... so rather the motivation to go back would be to stop getting those annoying remarks on my appearance lol
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    Aug 02, 2010 5:27 PM GMT
    amar_m saidHmmm I USED to be at my fitness goals, I cant say it made my life any better, just that its nice feeling healthy...

    but now Im no longer on top of it, ppl keep telling me I look too skinny now lol... so rather the motivation to go back would be to stop getting those annoying remarks on my appearance lol
    It's usually fat people and heavyweight bodybuilders that tell others they're too skinny anyway, so I'd just tell'm to go fuck themselves. icon_razz.gif