[quote=“CoachPaul”]Now is certainly the time to re-evaluate goals, so I thought I’d try to vitalize this thread. If jimster wouldn’t mind elaborating on his thoughts here…especially related to the above mentioned exercises, I’m sure we’d get some good information to comment on.
Jimster seems to work really hard at what he does, perhaps he could share with us how he establishes his new personal goals for his exercises. How does he ensure his goals are attainable? Does he set deadlines for the improvement, etc.?
When I was on a more strict schedule on the the various teams I was on, I would set more specific dates and time frames to meet the goals I set. But now I can be much more flexible with when I want to attain those goals because of the nature of not being on any team now.
The big difference between then and now is that I can give my body rest when it needs it and push it when I can. There are less external factors effecting when I need to do things, so there is less pressure to overreach and stress my body out.
To get back to beginning of my post about the number one goal of working out in general, it comes back to how I look at working out now.
Yes, performance should be looked to be improved through training, but much of the improvement can be made through being able to train more. Having a body that is resistant to injury allows it to be stressed out more.
Doing band work is an example of this. A stronger shoulder muscle allows for more stress to be put on to it.
Conversely, if someone is focusing on just the gains, there is a better chance of overreaching and pushing past aches and pains that should be addressed.
I can’t speak for everyone, but having the mindset that if I don’t address the minor things when they happen, they will only get worse and then I’ll be worse overall.
A little time off now, saves a lot of time later.
Another note about goals, I think it’s important to have long term and short term goals. The goals don’t always have to be more pull-ups or more weight on squat. But they could be simply to do something without pain.
When I had tendinitis in more shoulder this summer, I took time off and when I got back to throwing, my goal was to throw with as little pain as possible. The same went for me knee. When I started to create goals around getting it healthy, and not specifically on building strength, my strength went up and my pain went away.
Being healthy and able to withstand stressors to the body will enable the body to be stressed out more. So you’ll able to lift, throw, spring, or whatever more.