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Gym goals: Bodybuilding, health, mindset or all of the above?

By David Ottobre
Dare MD

When it comes to achieving your desired physique, having a clear goal is essential. People often come to DARE with a goal of “weight loss”, but underlying that is actually a slightly different desire. Often one to “tone up” aka build muscle.

We see every type of person. From bodybuilders to weight loss enthusiasts and those who want to improve upon a specific health condition or injury too.

Knowing your goal is really important, so in this article we’re unpacking how you know what yours is.

Gym goals and what they mean

Bodybuilding enthusiasts strive to build muscle, sculpt their bodies, and compete in bodybuilding competitions. 

Meanwhile, those prioritising their health might focus on improving their physical fitness, reducing the risk of diseases, and increasing their energy levels. 

Fat loss seekers aim to shed excess pounds and achieve a leaner physique. And entrepreneurs and business people might want to work on mindset and positive body image.

There are so many goals that can be set in the gym, and the beauty of strength training is that it can be tailored to the individual.

What are your goals?

Setting goals is the first step towards achieving success. Before you begin, take some time to reflect on what you truly want to achieve. Are you primarily interested in bodybuilding, improving your health, losing fat, or developing a winning mindset? Or perhaps you want to pursue a combination of these goals?

Understanding your goals will help you create a focused plan and stay motivated throughout your journey. It’s important to be honest with yourself about what you truly desire and what is realistic for you to achieve. 

Remember, everyone’s fitness journey is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. So, take the time to identify your specific goals and make sure they align with your values and aspirations.

Bodybuilding goals and strategies

For those interested in bodybuilding, the goal is typically to build muscle mass, sculpt the body, and achieve a physique that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Bodybuilding requires a combination of resistance training, proper nutrition, and adequate rest and recovery.

To achieve your bodybuilding goals, it’s important to have a training program that focuses on progressive overload. This means gradually increasing the intensity and volume of your workouts over time. This can be achieved by increasing the weight you lift, the number of repetitions you perform, or the number of sets you complete.

In addition to resistance training, nutrition plays a crucial role in bodybuilding. Consuming an adequate amount of protein is essential for muscle growth and repair. Aim to consume around 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight per day. Also, make sure to include a variety of nutrient-dense foods in your diet, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats.

Lastly, don’t overlook the importance of rest and recovery. Muscles grow and repair during periods of rest, so it’s crucial to allow your body enough time to recover between workouts. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night and incorporate rest days into your training program.

Health and wellbeing goals

Another common gym goal is health and wellbeing. While bodybuilding focuses on building muscle and achieving a specific physique, prioritising your health is equally important. 

Good health is the foundation for a fulfilling and active life. It enables you to perform daily tasks efficiently, reduces the risk of chronic diseases, and enhances your overall wellbeing.

Health goals might include weight loss, getting steps up and following a tailored nutrition plan. These can help you reduce inflammation, lose weight and fight signs of ageing.

Athletic/ sport-centric goals

Some of out clients, like Australian sprinter Ebony Lane, train at DARE. to focus on sport-specific goals.

Strength training can provide strength and stability in key areas that an athlete needs to focus on, ensuring that they improve their performance in their sport.

Fat loss goals

If your primary goal is fat loss, there are specific strategies we can implement to achieve your desired results. Fat loss is a combination of creating a calorie deficit through diet and increasing physical activity.

One of the most effective ways to create a calorie deficit is through proper nutrition. Focus on consuming nutrient-dense foods that are lower in calories, such as fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. Limit your intake of processed foods, sugary drinks, and high-fat foods.

It’s important to note that sustainable fat loss takes time and consistency. Avoid crash diets or extreme approaches that promise quick results but are not sustainable in the long run. Instead, focus on creating a healthy and balanced lifestyle that incorporates regular exercise and a nutritious diet.

Seeking professional guidance and support

If you feel overwhelmed or unsure about how to achieve your fitness goals, seeking professional guidance and support can be beneficial. Personal trainers and coaches can provide valuable insights, expertise, and accountability to help you reach your goals.

Remember, seeking professional guidance does not mean you are incapable of achieving your goals on your own. It simply means you recognize the value of expertise and support in optimising your journey. 

Start working with us today, by contacting us now.