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Setting goals in CrossFit

Coach Richie | SF Gym | West Coast CrossFit | Perth, Australia | www.sfgym.com.auCoach Richie Lombardi

As we reach the end of the year it’s time to look back and reflect on the year. In specific the goals we’ve set ourselves and if we’ve achieved them or not. Did we set any? If achieved what do we set next year. These are some questions we have to ask ourselves. As you can see this article isn’t really about tips for an improved lift or specific technique but more so about the importance of goal setting in Crossfit. I thought I’d share some thoughts and ideas for setting goals for the coming year.

Have short term, midterm and long term goals. Short term goals can keep you focussed in the immediate. Midterm goals are great for having something to shoot for once those short term goals are achieved. Long term goals are the big ones the ones that are the reason we set goals.

 If you’ve never heard of the S.M.A.R.T. goal setting acronym then this will make goal setting simple and easy.

  • S. Specific – Be specific with each phase of your goals. Whether that’s a number or not stick to it.
  • M. Measurable – Have a criteria you can measure progress in. Set dates or targets and ensure you reach them.
  • A. Attainable – Developing skills and habits that will help to attain your goals. There’s no point for example in setting a target of 10 pull ups when you spend time doing push ups.
  • R. Realistic – Be realistic to yourself. For example if you’ve never crossfitted before and set a short term goal of snatching bodyweight maybe you should reassess your goal.
  • T. Time – Your goal should always be appropriately set for a time frame.

As you can see some of these overlap into each other like realism and time but when sitting down and setting some goals for the coming year have a look at each point and ask yourself the necessary questions. Above all ask us coaches’ questions we are a great resource of information and are always willing to help our members strive to be the best they can. Happy goal setting everyone


Originally published in our monthly newsletter December 2013. Like what you are reading? Sign up for our newsletter at the top right of this page.