Ask The Trainer: Setting Goals

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When it comes to fitness, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. Experts say you don’t want to get too comfortable if you want to see changes, so to keep things fresh, they suggest setting goals.

Fitness trainer Doug Quinlivan at Ascent Fitness  in Denver said, “If you’re feeling like you’re kind of bored, set in your routine, set a goal, number one.”

Doug said in order to see changes, you have to work harder than you are right now. It’s easier to do that when you have a concrete idea of what you really want. “If you don’t have something that you’re striving for, chances are that you’re not going to stay consistent with it.”

Whether you want to accomplish something functional like walking up all the stairs at work, or if you want to lose weight or increase your muscle mass, you need to put a plan into motion. Doug said, “Keep setting that bar a little bit higher, a little bit higher, whether it’s the number of reps, or it’s the amount of weight.”

Set small goals. That will help keep you motivated and it isn’t so overwhelming, which can cause you to quit. “Because you figure I’ve already got 60 pounds to lose, what’s one more doughnut?”

One more helpful hint when you’re goal-setting, put your plan out there and share it with your friends on social media. That will help you stay accountable and motivated.

“Fitness is a journey, not a destination.”

If you have a question for Doug, email

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