One of the most important things you should think about before you really start your muscle-building journey is to set goals for yourself. It’s important for your goals to be attainable or else you’ll never reach them.
More than that, you’re more likely to give up before reaching your goals if they’re set too high.
Here are the three-step process of setting muscle-building goals.
Step 1: Set a 5-year Goal
The first goal you’re going to set for yourself won’t be reached for several years, but it gives you something long-term to reach for that will help keep you motivated to keep going.
This goal should be difficult enough that it will take a lot of work over a long period of time to reach it, but easy enough that you will be able to get to it in about 5 years.
Your 5-year goal will may different from everybody else’s. It could be getting your body measurements to a certain size, or your muscle percentage to a certain number, or your 1RM up to a certain weight.
Whatever your 5-year goal is, be as specific as possible so you can know exactly what you’re aiming for. This helps in the long run and right now as you continue the goal-setting process.
Step 2: Set Goals Monthly
Make sure you break down your 5-year goal into 60 months because it becomes significantly easier to reach. Rather than simply going for one long-term goal, you are now able to focus on just one goal per month.
This doesn’t only make the process less overwhelming, but it also helps you feel motivated to keep going as you reach your goals every month and see your progress much more often.
To make things easier, you may want to focus on just one part of your body every month. If, for example, your goal is to reach a certain 1RM for every exercise, make your goal for the next month to add a couple pounds to your squat. and keep working the other parts of your body, allowing yourself to focus on one per month will simplify your process.
Step 3: Set Up Rewards
What’s something huge that you’ve always wanted but never allowed yourself to get for whatever reason? Set that up as your ultimate reward, that you will indulge in only once you reach your 5-year goal.
This may involve taking a vacation, or buying a new vehicle. Whatever it is, set this up as your reward, and it will help your self-motivation.
You’ll also want to set up smaller rewards at the beginning of every month that you can enjoy if you reach your goal for the month.
These should be smaller goals that will keep you motivated during that month. It could be something like going to see a movie at the end of the month or buying yourself something you can add to a collection.
Once your goals and rewards are in place, you’re ready to get started as a muscle builder. If you’re not sure what goals are reasonable, then ask a muscle builder you know to help you set goals.
You could also look for online muscle-building communities to find out more about what are attainable 5-year and monthly goals.
Now that you’ve assessed your current situation, and got the all-clear from your doctor and set some clear and precise goals for your muscle-building efforts, it’s time to start looking at the day to day things you need to do to see the results you’re looking for.
And that’s the three-step process you can do to set goals before starting your muscle-building journey.