I hear stories all the time about people who realized at a very young age that they wanted to accomplish something enormously complex or difficult, set a big, hairy, audacious goal and thirty years later achieved their goal. But while these apocryphal stories of motivation and success are nice soundbites, they rarely touch upon the reality of the situation: one must set many smaller, short-term, attainable goals in order to reach the bigger one.
In fitness, attainable goals are the difference between continuing on a path to elite fitness, and giving-up after a few weeks or months. When I first started CrossFit, my pie-in-the-sky goal was to complete a workout called "King Kong". Three rounds of 1 455lb. deadllift, 2 muscle-ups, 3 250lb. squat cleans, 4 handstand pushups. Over the past couple of years, I have increased my deadlift to 415lb. (from 215lb.), my clean to 260lb., and an ability to do bar muscle-ups. What was an impossible dream is now gradually becoming a real possibility, because every step of the way I set attainable goals with the bigger goal of completing King Kong. What are you goals and how do you go about setting the many attainable goals along the way?
The video that started it all for me. Josh Everett doing "King Kong".
Posted by Zareh