What are realistic goals?

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    Oct 07, 2007 8:49 PM GMT
    I've never really concentrated on my body very much before now, so I'm really new at this. I'm pretty OK with my body even though its not much to look at, I'm under too much stress to go out with guys. Basically I wanna start working towards a healthier me so I can have more energy, and maybe long-term be sexy enough to attract some guys. I'm about 180 lb, 6'3 ish. So I need to be thinner, and also need more muscle. I've worked out here and there so I have Some muscle, but I'm not where I wanna be.

    Anybody have realistic goals I can set for myself and maybe some ways I can achieve them?
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    Oct 08, 2007 11:11 AM GMT
    Improve your health! That is number one and later your body will change which is a nice bonus.
    If you are 180 pounds and 6 foot 3, you are tall and thin.
    Make a goal of 6 hours of workouts for a week.
    One hour cardo, and one hour wieghts.
    The cardo before wieghts will increase your blood flow and benefit your wieght lifting.
    Cardo is for burning fat.
    If you feel you need it another hour or two of cardo on the weekends would be ok. That would be a total of 8 hours of exercise per week.
    Just attempt to reach the 6 hours and go from there.
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    Oct 08, 2007 11:12 AM GMT
    I'd say world domination, but, I've already accomplished that one.
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    Oct 08, 2007 1:13 PM GMT
    What you can accomplish depends on a number of factors. If you'd like to email me, I can give you some ideas - but workouts & nutrition are not a "one size fits all" kinda thing.

    If you say you need to be thinner, and you're 6'3" 180, that suggests that your lean mass is very low, and that you're carrying a good bit of excess body fat. A muscular 180 would be extremely slender at your height.

    By comparison, I'll compete at about 180 in 2 weeks, and I'm 5'11" and will probably be the thinnest in my division. The thick, muscular guys my height will be over 200#.

    Hit me up with an email if you want some help.

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    Oct 08, 2007 1:29 PM GMT
    Goals need to be tailored to the person. (Though I will say 6 hours is a lot of time in the gym unless you have some very particular goals)

    Realistic goals usually contain multiple parts. Some short term pieces (10 days, 21 days), and some long ones (6 weeks, 12 weeks).

    The trick with goals is picking things you can reach that are a stretch, but attainable. To do this, one of the firs things people fail at is specificity.

    "Get hot" is not a goal.

    "Go up weight" isn't even a goal.

    "Lose 3 pounds in the next 10 days" is a goal

    "Improve all my upper body lifts by 20 pounds in 21 days" is a goal.

    Be determined, reach for your goals, and don't get discouraged if you don't always meet your short term goals. Use it as fire to drive you harder for your next goals.

    So consult with someone you're going to let see your body, and be prepared for lots of questions. Email Joey, or talk to a trainer in your gym, that's one of the things a good trainer is for.
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    Oct 08, 2007 11:29 PM GMT
    "I'd say world domination, but, I've already accomplished that one."

    LOL, was that you?
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    Oct 09, 2007 12:08 AM GMT
    You might want to think about process-oriented goals rather than result-oriented goals, especially at first. I mean things like:

    I want to lift weights 4 times a week for the next 12 weeks.
    I want to do 30 minutes of cardio 3 times a week for the next 4 weeks.
    I want to eat 140 grams of protein every day.

    If you don't know what those goals should be then try this: I want to read all the fitness articles on realjock.com in the next 10 days.

    Results take a while to show. You're talking about a lifestyle change, so focus your goals on the lifestyle. Results will follow. After you watch how your body and mind react to working out over the next few months, you'll be in a better position to create results-oriented goals.

    I remember a study that said most people who get good results at the gym can tell you what days they'll be there in the coming week and what body parts they'll be working out each day. That may be too rigid for some people, but the lesson is that you have to make working out an automatic part of your life. Focus on that for now.
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    Oct 09, 2007 12:34 AM GMT
    Well, young man, at age 18, you have so much time to do the right things, and as Square says, create good fitness and nutrition habits. The most important thing is to make fitness a part of your life and daily routine. Me... I never picked up a weight until I was 35.... never put on a pair of running shoes until I was 37.....just looked at a photo someone took of me on a fishing trip.....and realized that i wasn't 20 anymore
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    Oct 09, 2007 8:32 PM GMT
    one hour of cardio before one hour of weightlifting will not be of any benefit to the weightlifting at all.

    It will result in a subminimal effort over commitment of time and sod all results to show for it.

    Start off realistic, dont become another season gym fanatic, theres no reason or justification other than the enjoyment factor of spending hours in the gym. You can achieve weightloss in 3 hours gym time a week you can achoeve muscle gain in 3 hours a week. But its what motivate you to start with.

    So whats your prime motivator?

    Is it to improve your fitness so you can manage a........

    Is it to lose fat so that you can feel more confident?

    Weightloss with a good strategy averages out with any approach at about 1 1/2-2lbs a week muscle gain nearer 1lb for most.

    But whatever goal you chose start off small, by all means have an end goal in site but make it achieveable ie In the next 12 weeks I aim to drop 12 lbs. or I aim to knock 20 seconds off of my 5k run