What are your personal health/fitness goals?

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    Jun 14, 2011 3:54 AM GMT
    So this may seem very basic for everyone on a fitness, health, and life website, but I am curious to know what you consider your own personal health/fitness goal?

    One of the first things that me and my client talk about in the initial consultation is "What is it exactly you are trying to do to your body?". What is the expected result from your new change in lifestyle? How do you plan on getting there? What obstacles do you KNOW will get in your way? How do you plan on getting past them? and so on....

    There is so much more than just sitting down and figuring out how you want to physically change your body. You have to learn to confront your struggles, which can and will take an emotional toll.

    So I ask the question again, "What are your personal health/fitness goals?" Feel free to answer more of the questions mentioned in this post as well. As a professional, your feedback helps more than just me learn but also relates you to others with the common interest! icon_smile.gif

    Be fit!

    Cameron H. NSCA-CPT, AFAA
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    Jun 14, 2011 3:57 AM GMT
    PM me if would rather this not show up in front of everyone! icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 14, 2011 4:01 AM GMT
    I just don't want to end up like my cousin he's pretty hefty and well he's having so much trouble with moving and such. It pretty much freaks me out if I ever end up that way one day, so I just do it to be fit. One day I hope to push further and further and become stronger and such though.
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    Jun 14, 2011 4:13 AM GMT
    vain_nayias saidI just don't want to end up like my cousin he's pretty hefty and well he's having so much trouble with moving and such. It pretty much freaks me out if I ever end up that way one day, so I just do it to be fit. One day I hope to push further and further and become stronger and such though.


    Well I think it's great that you have defined a place where you do not want to be! Being fit and healthy everyday is about making small changes to help your body do what it is intended to do. If you are worried about your cousin's health, maybe yall could work on it together.

    Thanks for your input! icon_smile.gif
  • havingfunmtl9...

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    Jun 14, 2011 4:14 AM GMT
    I would like to ideally be 175 (+~20lbs) of muscle, ripped with my 8 pack - I would be happy.
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    Jun 14, 2011 4:17 AM GMT
    Short term or long term? Short term is like every guy- to get ripped, but long term is to be 300 lbs with a decent or low body fat percentage, since I think my frame can handle/welcome it.
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    Jun 14, 2011 4:19 AM GMT
    I really would like to start walking or jogging in the morning at around 7:30...I'm just to lazy to get up that early...a lot of people tell me that early morning runs really give you energy throughout the day. hmm I'll just have to find out...
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    Jun 14, 2011 4:21 AM GMT
    I'd like to cut back on some food that i like eating and doing more push ups and situps, jogging, walking, and strength training
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    Jun 14, 2011 4:29 AM GMT
    havingfunmtl946 saidI would like to ideally be 175 (+~20lbs) of muscle, ripped with my 8 pack - I would be happy.


    Last August, I weighed 150lbs. That is what I had weighed for over 4 years. I have an extremely fast metabolism and could never gain weight. I set a goal to eat and workout appropriately. I gave myself one year to gain 25lbs. It is almost almost a year and I am about 178. I am now cutting back to get the more defined, less bulky shape.

    It's achievable. icon_smile.gif Good luck!
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    Jun 14, 2011 4:34 AM GMT
    BlackCat90 saidI really would like to start walking or jogging in the morning at around 7:30...I'm just to lazy to get up that early...a lot of people tell me that early morning runs really give you energy throughout the day. hmm I'll just have to find out...


    I teach a bootcamp at 6am every MWF. It was hell getting up that early. But trust me when I say that if you can be consistent for one week. It gets alot easier.

    I suggest keeping your walking/work out clothes right beside your bed so that when you wake up in the morning you can just slide those clothes on and get to walking. You should also ask your friends that do walk that early if you could join! icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 14, 2011 4:35 AM GMT
    Drop the body fat % some more. I lost 60lbs in 6 months. Still have a way go to though. I'm mainly concerned about athletic performance. I've been bitten by the XC racing bug, so I'd like to be more competitive in that.
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    Jun 14, 2011 4:37 AM GMT
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    BlackCat90 saidI really would like to start walking or jogging in the morning at around 7:30...I'm just to lazy to get up that early...a lot of people tell me that early morning runs really give you energy throughout the day. hmm I'll just have to find out...


    I teach a bootcamp at 6am every MWF. It was hell getting up that early. But trust me when I say that if you can be consistent for one week. It gets alot easier.

    I suggest keeping your walking/work out clothes right beside your bed so that when you wake up in the morning you can just slide those clothes on and get to walking. You should also ask your friends that do walk that early if you could join! icon_smile.gif


    Good idea! I really do wanna try it, it's just that when the alarm wakes me up and I know I don't HAVE to get up I tend to turn the alarm off and roll back over to sleep. I just need the motivation. I think I'll ask my best friend to run with me.
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    Jun 14, 2011 4:38 AM GMT
    SoloXCRacer saidDrop the body fat % some more. I lost 60lbs in 6 months. Still have a way go to though. I'm mainly concerned about athletic performance. I've been bitten by the XC racing bug, so I'd like to be more competitive in that.


    Congrats on the weight loss! Watch your diet and increase your anaerobic capacity! Tabata sets will help you lose the fat but keep the muscle.

    Tabata- Do some type of crossfit exercise (kettle swings, burpees, plyo pushup, high knees, etc) for 20 seconds maximum exertion followed by 10 seconds of complete rest. Continue for 8 sets and do around 4 rounds of different exercises. It's an awesome workout and a great change to your normal regime. icon_smile.gif
  • ThePsychonaut

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    Jun 14, 2011 4:39 AM GMT
    firstly suppose want to put another 5kg of muscle. I burnt off 15kg of fat and started building last year and am doing well, just very slowly.

    Pure fitness wise, I want to be able to use that muscle to be able to smash out a game of water polo and not feel like I'm drowning, right now my swimming is pitiful. Really slow and always out of breath.
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    Jun 14, 2011 4:41 AM GMT
    wanna get to 185-190, 6-8% bf, got a ways ta go, jus started a new workout today, gonna c how that goes. figurin out tha diet part is a bitch : /
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    Jun 14, 2011 4:49 AM GMT
    ThePsychonaut saidfirstly suppose want to put another 5kg of muscle. I burnt off 15kg of fat and started building last year and am doing well, just very slowly.

    Pure fitness wise, I want to be able to use that muscle to be able to smash out a game of water polo and not feel like I'm drowning, right now my swimming is pitiful. Really slow and always out of breath.


    Congrats and continue to push yourself hard!

    Swimming is a beautiful thing and helped me with my running. You see, I used to suck at running, like I was horrible, until I started swimming laps. First, I swam for 10 min max non stop, the next week I increased that number by 5, and so on until I accumulated an entire hour of swimming laps non stop. Throughout the entire time, I had not run. After a couple of weeks of swimming for an hour straight, I decided to run and ran for literally an hour with no problem. (I probably could have gone longer)..

    My point is that you should break down your practice schedule and be patient. Continue to be reasonable with your workouts and follow it up with the right types of food! icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 14, 2011 4:52 AM GMT
    Johnnyhotsauce saidwanna get to 185-190, 6-8% bf, got a ways ta go, jus started a new workout today, gonna c how that goes. figurin out tha diet part is a bitch : /



    You and I have similar goals now! I would like to stay at 175lbs but drop the bf from 11% to around 6-8%! Dont forget how important the diet portion is! Make sure that you are getting an adequate amount of protein and watch the amount of carbs you take in. If you are still in the bulking phase.. more carbs the better. But when you start to shred, cut the carbs to a bare minimum! icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 14, 2011 4:58 AM GMT
    m tryin ta stick w/ tha 2600 calorie meal plan on here, dont understand tha point of all tha veggies tho, they don't rly seem ta b a good source of carbs, protein, or fat, i jus keep eatin em cause it says to, but i don't rly c tha point. have never rly done a bulking or cutting phase.
  • helios01

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    Jun 14, 2011 5:05 AM GMT
    my goal is to be 123 lbs by the time i am 25... i just turned 22 so i have time... not sure how but i am getting there ^_^ might start running or doing p90x lol... but i dont have the pull up bar.... so yeah,.... hope i can do it... tired of being confused for shamu.... No more delicious takitos icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 14, 2011 5:06 AM GMT
    I'd like to get down to 180 again (I was 165, not a lot higher). + 10-20lbs of muscle. icon_eek.gif
  • ThePsychonaut

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    Jun 14, 2011 5:11 AM GMT
    Thanks I will definitely give that a shot!

    epicfit said
    ThePsychonaut saidfirstly suppose want to put another 5kg of muscle. I burnt off 15kg of fat and started building last year and am doing well, just very slowly.

    Pure fitness wise, I want to be able to use that muscle to be able to smash out a game of water polo and not feel like I'm drowning, right now my swimming is pitiful. Really slow and always out of breath.


    Congrats and continue to push yourself hard!

    Swimming is a beautiful thing and helped me with my running. You see, I used to suck at running, like I was horrible, until I started swimming laps. First, I swam for 10 min max non stop, the next week I increased that number by 5, and so on until I accumulated an entire hour of swimming laps non stop. Throughout the entire time, I had not run. After a couple of weeks of swimming for an hour straight, I decided to run and ran for literally an hour with no problem. (I probably could have gone longer)..

    My point is that you should break down your practice schedule and be patient. Continue to be reasonable with your workouts and follow it up with the right types of food! icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 14, 2011 7:13 PM GMT
    helios01 saidmy goal is to be 123 lbs by the time i am 25... i just turned 22 so i have time... not sure how but i am getting there ^_^ might start running or doing p90x lol... but i dont have the pull up bar.... so yeah,.... hope i can do it... tired of being confused for shamu.... No more delicious takitos icon_sad.gif


    Ok, so you have a weight loss goal and you know you want to start. So here is my suggestion to help you get to the weight you want and feel more comfortable about your body. Is 122 an ideal weight for you? I am the same height as you. Once you begin lifting weights and putting on muscle, your ideal weight should be around 150-160. However, if your going for a lot leaner approach I would suggest around 130-140. Your body needs muscle and fat to help support it.

    To lose weight:
    Take the average calories that you intake a day and subtract that by 500. This is the amount that you will want to start eating at to start seeing a reduction in weight. In addition to eating more healthy, working out and training come next. Start off by doing cardio at least 2x a week for 30min a day. You can break the 30 min up into 3 ten minute sessions. Once you are comfortable with doing 2x a week, go to 3, then 4, then 5, increasing the amount time as you go.

    Gain muscle:
    Your body needs muscle to help support your immune system and carry the force it gets every day. That is why it is very important that you incorporate weight lifting to help build muscle. If you are unfamiliar with exercises to do at a gym and want more help, go to your local corporate gym and hire a personal trainer for a couple of sessions to get you used to the machines and give yourself ideas for designing workouts on your.

    Realjock does a great job with providing workouts for weight loss and muscle gain, so I suggest using their format if you dont want to hire a trainer! icon_smile.gif

    Gain support:
    Workout with someone! Take group fitness exercises. Be confident and stay motivated, not obsessed. You want to be happy with the person you are, so take steps to change your attitude. icon_smile.gif All will be well. Patience is necessary!

    Hope this helps!

    Cameron
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    Jun 14, 2011 7:18 PM GMT
    I've already exceeded my original goal, but continue to improve because fitness became part of my life.
    Now I'm just touching up a few muscle groups that developed slower than others, because it gives me new goals to accomplish.
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    Jun 14, 2011 7:34 PM GMT
    My short term goal is to see my six pack for the first time in my life lol. My long-term goal is to b a lil bigger, lol 180-185.

    Cutting isn't going great tho. I eat very healthy and multiple times per day, but cutting has been a rollercoaster and I haven't seen a huge change. I make sure to eat balanced, in a defect, keep protein in my system, take bcaa's vitamins, omega oils... But it could b goin better.

    When I stopped bulking I was 175 (morning weight) and this morning I was 155. You would think 20 lbs would b a big difference, but nope. I haven't really lost strength on my lifts so I doubt I lost much muscle. But 20 lbs and no big difference in my stomach : (