2013 Workout Goals

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I visited Fitocracy recently, and came across some fitness goals for 2013 that some member had posted.They were something like:

2,013 pull-ups

20,013 pushups

and so on.

Marines pull-up for America's birthday

Marines pull-up for America’s birthday (Photo credit: United States Marine Corps Official Page)

I think this is an interesting way of getting yourself to work out. Such goals certainly qualify as SMART goals.

The goals are:

Specific – the exercise to be done is named

Measurable – you can count the number of reps done

Attainable – this of course depends on your personal circumstances. 2,013 pullups in a year works out to about 6 pull-ups a day, or about 39 per week. Looks do-able.

Realistic – 20,013 pushups in a year translates to about 55 per day. Can you do that? You decide.

Time-bound – the time limit for achieving the goals is already defined as this year.

One good thing about having such a goal is that it allows you the flexibility to spread out your workout as you wish. if you miss some days, you make up for them later.

On the other hand, this flexibility means that there is no plan to achieve the goal, and you could easily fall far behind the weekly or monthly target numbers.

I think if you simply want to keep working out and you do not have a specific alternative plan, such goals can be good to give you something to aim for daily or weekly.

I should also mention that you should ensure that the goals cover all the major muscle groups of your body, so you should not have only pushups and pullups but nothing for your lower body.

I was aiming for 1,000 pullups in 20 days, but I already seem to be falling behind on that. I think i will extend that to 30 days and also do 2,000 body-weight squats in those 30 days.

What are your fitness goals for 2013?

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