While the athletes I coach have switched over to outdoor training, our training has switched slightly as well. The indoor season is great, but all the athletes gear up for the outdoor season. As a sprint coach, it usually means a little more focus on technique and a little longer recovery periods. With that being said, every workout the athletes have at the track, I have a certain goal for that workout. There will be something I want them to accomplish. It might be strength based, speed based or conditioning based, but its never a workout with aimless exercises or sprints. There is a purpose for everything.
The same needs to be said for your workout. You might train as hard as you can. But really, it’s easy to get exercises out of a book, or off the internet, to work up a sweat.
You need to ask yourself, “what do I want to accomplish with this workout and how am I going to accomplish it?” Are you feeling a little tired today and need to go a little lighter? Did you work a certain muscle group the day prior and need a little break? Maybe you need a quick workout, but want to work the full body.
To be clear, this is just very short-term goal setting. We’re not talking about losing 50lbs, which can take months. We’re talking about goals for the next hour that you will be working on during your work out. If you’re a little tired, maybe trying a new personal best for a 5km run isn’t such a good idea and a different activity that day would be a better fit. If your goal is to work on conditioning, think “suffer though the PAIN”…LOL!!! Maybe your goal is speed, then you want to go as fast as possible, with proper recovery.
In any of those cases, there is a goal in mind. Each goal is different, and what is done to accomplish the goal is different, but when goals are outlined prior to working out, you will find you a much better and more focused workout.