Where Science Meets Fitness

No matter what your current fitness level or former athletic experience, you can learn to train like an Olympic-caliber athlete. I am Erin Borchard, a former elite springboard/platform diver (NCAA Champion and multi-year All-American at Stanford University, former member of the US National Diving Team, and two-time competitor at the US Olympic Team Trials), specializing in personal and small group training sessions. I am also a Phi Beta Kappa student with a B.A. in Human Biology; my strong science background is an ever present influence shaping and changing my training philosophy.

I want to help you push yourself to YOUR maximum...you'll be shocked to find the true athlete living inside of you.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals

I was just reminded by a friend's Facebook posting (thank you, Chandra!) of an easy-to-remember set of goal setting guidelines.  Whether for fitness, work, personal relationships, or something else entirely, strive to set S.M.A.R.T. goals in life:

S = Specific (be exact in what you want to achieve; don't just tell yourself you want to "improve your health," tell yourself that you want to lose "x" number of pounds and lower your cholesterol by "x" number of points, for example)

M = Measurable (be able to note your progress on some sort of a scale, so that you can note your progress all along the way)

A = Attainable (set a goal that you CAN achieve; that's not to say that the goal is "easy;" it may in fact be VERY difficult to achieve; just make sure that it is possible for you; bottom line: set a moderately difficult goal)

R = Relevant (the goal should have meaning to you; don't just do it because you "should;" do it because the process, as well as the end result, is something that you value as a human being)

T = Time-Bound (set time constraints, dates for short-term goals along the way and for a final long-term goal; let your mind/ body know that you mean business!)

Good luck!  I'm going to work on coming up with a goal of my own to state here on the blog, then post my progress as I see it through.

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