Eat healthy, count your macros, start exercising, yada yada, it has all been said and done a million times.
Hopefully, by now you have grown past those beginner New Year’s resolutions and you’re ready to take on new challenges this year that will not only help you lead a healthier lifestyle, but also become a certified badass in and out of the gym.
Maintaining a well-balanced diet, training regularly, and hydrating properly should already be your year-round non-negotiables you are adhering to a tee, so what are the real fitness resolutions you should strive to achieve in 2018?
Hit a New Strength PR
So you’re hitting the gym regularly, you’re torching fat, you’re building lean muscle, but what about raw strength and explosive power? There is nothing quite as satisfying as breaking your previous one-rep max and setting up an all-new strength goal. And you can do this in a number of ways.
While you absolutely should aim to get stronger over time, you also want to pursue new 1 RMs across the board, with movements such as the squat, deadlift, bench press, military press, leg press, barbell bent over row, etc.
These exercises are not only great for building muscle but they truly shine when you use them to increase your explosive power and strength.
Reach Your Desired Body Fat Percentage
Eating a healthy diet is all fine and dandy, but optimizing your nutrition to cut weight and burn body fat is a completely different story.
You need to know exactly how to design meal plans for weight loss and how to count your calories and allocate macronutrients for maximum results.
Remember, dropping weight fast is not the answer either, as it can have serious consequences for your health and general physical readiness, in addition to making you lose precious muscle mass in the process. Instead, use a calculated approach to shed fat predominantly and stay healthy in the process.
Stay Injury-Free All Year Round
One of the most important resolutions all athletes should strive to achieve no matter their fitness level of experience, is to stay injury free throughout the year. There is nothing quite as frustrating as getting sidetracked and downright incapacitated just because you took a wrong step or tried to lift more weight than your body could handle.
In order to decrease your chances of injury, you want to exercise proper form all year round, devote time to mobility and flexibility work and wear proper lifting clothes.
Things like performance shirts, breathable men’s and durable women’s exercise tights, knee sleeves, wrist wraps and lifting shoes, all of these should be the essential pieces in your lifting arsenal.
Try Out Several Different Sports
Sticking to your guns and doing what you love is imperative in all areas of life, including fitness.
But that doesn’t mean that you should forever remain in your little bubble without experiencing all that the fitness universe has to offer. After all, there is so much to explore and who knows, maybe you’ll end up finding a new passion in life.
So make this year the year of exploration and experimentation, try out different things, devote time to learning new movements and take up a completely different sport than you’re used to. Not only will you shock your body and see new results, but you will rekindle your love towards fitness as well.
Detach Yourself From the Fitness Industry
Finally, you want to detach yourself from the fitness industry, but in a healthy way.
Unfortunately, the fitness community is plagued by ineffective diet fads and workout routines that bear no results, so this year you want to unsubscribe from all bad fitness sources and follow the ones that truly bring actionable advice and sound information to the table.
Moreover, tell yourself that you’re going to be less gullible this year. Research the supplements and products that actually work and don’t let overpriced marketing campaigns shape your mindset.
Supplement companies will do anything for your money, so be sure you do your research before whipping out your credit card.
The New Year is well under way and now is the time to start working towards realizing your goals. Instead of making the same old fitness resolutions that lead nowhere, be sure to set up tangible goals that will make you a better athlete and a healthier human being.