Goal setting is a sure fire way to ensure your 2016 fitness campaign gets off to a great start.  S.M.A.R.T goal setting will set you on the right track to achieving your Fitness goals, whatever they may be…


Be precise with what it is exactly you are training towards. You should have an exact vision of where you want to be or what you want to achieve. Examples of this would be losing weight or gaining by a specific amount, (e.g. lose 10 pounds in 12 weeks).

Other specific goals may be getting fit to compete in an event, so goals would be set around athletic performance for example running a 5 or 10k race.

Keep this goal written down in a place where you will see it daily to keep it on the forefront of your mind.


You can measure your goal by seeing if you have achieved It at the end of the period of time you have given yourself to accomplish it.

You can keep monitoring your progress at regular intervals to make sure you are along the right track but avoid doing this daily as you will not see much change and this could de motivate you.

Check progression weekly or even better every two weeks. Allocate a specific time and day as a checkpoint to check your progression.  A good time to do this for weight loss would be Monday morning before breakfast.

If weight loss is the goal try to replicate your body conditions from previous weeks, for example same hydration level and same amount of food eaten. Your body can fluctuate by a few pounds if these factors are different.


One of the biggest mistakes many people make is setting themselves goals which are completely unachievable in the timescale they have allotted for themselves.  Yes you will be able to run a marathon, but training for only a month or two for it is unachievable if you’re inactive. Aim high, but be realistic. To change your body weight by 15 pounds in weeks rather months is unachievable and you will be setting yourself up for disappointment.

When goal setting at the start it would be wise to set your goal with a SFY instructor to insure your setting goals which are achievable for the timeframe which you want to achieve that goal in. We are more than happy to help!


Your goals should be personal to you.  It should be something that you really deep down want to achieve so you can transfer that drive into achieving your goals.

If it’s a goal that you feel you should be moving towards because the media perceives it, or you doing  it for someone else and  not yourself you won’t be 100% committed to achieving your goal, chances are if this is the case you would have the motivation to put in the required effort.

Train for yourself and no one else!


  • Do not keep the timeframe to complete your goal open ended.
  • There must be a realistic deadline for you to reach your target.
  • If you’re a few weeks out, weeks can turn into months and there is risk to becoming disheartened and dropping off your training completely.
  • Knowing you’re working to a timeframe will help you keep motivated and help you put 100% into your training to meet the date you have set yourself.

Best of luck to everyone with their goal setting and training throughout 2016,


Danny Allan

Swift Fitness York.