Nov 022015
 

runners-373099_640Achieving Your Goals – The A.I.M. Approach

by Shaun Brassfield-Thorpe

 

Effective goal setting means defining specific aims and targets that are

1) (with time and effort) actually Attainable

2) Clearly Identified

3) In some way Measurable

Think of this as AIM –

Attainable – Identified – Measurable

– and ask yourself if your goal meets these criteria?

For example, being able to run for 50 miles, or to run a half-marathon in 2hrs 30 mins are examples of effective, clearly defined goals.

I) They are attainable if you practice long enough and hard enough.

II) They are clearly identified not simply a vague desire to improve.

III) They can be measured allowing you to know if you are improving, if you are getting closer to achieving your goal, and/or when you have achieved/surpassed Image7the goal.

Examples of poorly defined – and thus less effective – goals would be things like “getting fitter” (How will you determine if you are fitter?) or “running faster” (At what speed and under what conditions? For how long? Over what distance?) – etc. These are poorly defined and thus ineffective goals – they do not allow for an easy way to measure progress or define success in achieving the goal.

Defining goals is the most important first step.

Having defined your goals, training can then be planned by determining what you need to do in training in order to achieve your goals.

Having clear goals then also helps keep you motivated and focused during training.

Effective goal setting usually means the goal should contain a measurable element.

Running a specific distance is something that can be measured.

Deadlift - photo 2Lifting a specific weight is something that can be measured.

Achieving a specific speed or time is something that can be measured.

If a goal itself is measurable this means that progress towards a goal can also be measured.

If you wish to be able to run 26 miles and at present you can manage to run 10 miles, then if in training you develop the ability to run 15 miles you are improving and moving closer to achieving your goal.

Having a poorly defined goal does not allow easily measurable and quantifiable progress; if your goal was to “run further” would being able to run 15 miles mean you have already achieved your goal, or that you still have a long way to go? How far is far?Is you current performance a small improvement or a huge improvement?

Clearly defining your goals allows suitable training to be chosen and it allows you to measure your progress (and thus tell if the training is working).

 

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Jul 262012
 

Instability Cushion Ankle Circles

William Sichel of ULTRAfitnessTraining.com demonstrates an ankle exercise.

This exercise can improve :

  • General & Specific Balance
  • General & Specific Proprioceptivity
  • Ankle Mobility
  • Ankle Flexibility
  • Ankle, Calf & Achilles Tendon Strength

ULTRAfitnessTraining.com offers a range of Personal Training Services including designing individual Training Plans & Programmes and providing on-going Training Advice & Support.

We work with everyone from beginners and those trying to get fit through to elite level athletes.

ULTRAfitnessTraining.com is co-run by multiple World Record holding ultra-distance runner William Sichel and expert training advisor Shaun Brassfield-Thorpe

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Jul 212012
 

see also Shoulder Shrugs & Deadlift – Partial Range / Rack Pulls

 

ULTRAfitnessTraining.com offers a range of Personal Training Services including designing individual Training Plans & Programmes and providing on-going Training Advice & Support.

 

We work with everyone from beginners and those trying to get fit through to elite level athletes.

 

 

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Jun 142012
 

ULTRAfitnessTraining.com offers a range of Personal Training Services including designing individual Training Plans & Programmes and providing on-going Training Advice & Support.

We work with everyone from beginners and those trying to get fit through to elite level athletes.

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Jun 122012
 

 

Part 4

 

ULTRAfitnessTraining.com offers a range of Personal Training Services including designing individual Training Plans & Programmes and providing on-going Training Advice & Support.

 

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Jun 062012
 

 

Part 3

 

ULTRAfitnessTraining.com offers a range of Personal Training Services including designing individual Training Plans & Programmes and providing on-going Training Advice & Support.

 

We work with everyone from beginners and those trying to get fit through to elite level athletes.

 

 

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Jun 012012
 

 

Part 2

 

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Jan 302012
 

 

ULTRAfitnessTraining.com offers a range of Personal Training Services including designing individual Training Plans & Programmes and providing on-going Training Advice & Support.

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Jan 282012
 

 

Part 1

 

ULTRAfitnessTraining.com offers a range of Personal Training Services including designing individual Training Plans & Programmes and providing on-going Training Advice & Support.

 

We work with everyone from beginners and those trying to get fit through to elite level athletes.

 

 

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Jan 252012
 

 

The latest issue (#4) of the new FREE ultra-running e-magazine NORDIC ULTRA is now out. Read it below.

This issue features 2 articles from the team here at ULTRAfitnessTraining.com

William Sichel gives an overview of the Monaco “No Finish Line” 8-Day Race – William was the 2011 winner, setting a new 8-Day course record and becoming the first person ever to run over 1000km at the event.

Shaun Brassfield-Thorpe has provided another in depth article on training, this time he discusses stretching, flexibility and stiffness in relation to ultra-running.

– And lots more inside!

You can read NORDIC ULTRA #4 below (click to read)

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