Do you know what I think we are all guilty of sometimes? Not being clear enough on our fitness goals.
By this I don’t mean training without a specific goal. I mean having a goal but not being clear on what that goal means and what you can expect from it
For instance – do you want to train for performance? This might also lead to you being able to reach an aestetic goal at the same time, but at other times training to reach a performance goal may mean you cannot also attain to or maintain a certain size / weight. You need to eat adequately to assist your training and this in turn could also affect your physique. Aspiring to both drastically change your shape and also hit a physical peak could lead to frustrating disapoitnment in yourself (equally trying to become a body builder and a marathon runner at the same time will probably end in tears).
Do you want to lose weight / get leaner / whatever you want to call it? Realistically to do this you need to eat less and move more. This might not be compatible with also aiming for a specific training goal, like lifting more, if you are drastically limiting your energy intake. Have you ever tried going harder in training sessions when you’re also eating less than normal? It’s not massive amounts of fun.
I have long said about myself that my training goal is largely mindset orienated. I train to feel good, it helps my mental health and acts as an anchor. Equally I enjoy eating and try not to be restrictive with my diet. For this I also have to accept that I’m not going to be super lean or be breaking any training records any time soon. Training has a point and that’s to kee me fit, healthy and to make me feel good. I can quite happily stick to light weights and not feel bad about myself.
If I wanted to change that, lose some weight or improve the amount I lift I’d also have to seriously reconsider how I approach my diet and how I train. I’ve done that before and it can, I’ve found, have a negeative effect on my mindset and how I feel about training. In trying to focus on multiple things it has a negative impact on the thing most important to me.
Essentially, we need to be aware that we can’t do everything. Of course, there will be knock on effects, you may well find that as you train for an event or to hit a certain PB you also find your body changes and you’re really pleased with that. But if you’re goal is one specific thing try honestly focusing on that one thing – not getting distracted by trying to do everything at once.