The Work-Out Guide - Aims, Objectives and Fitness Assessment

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Establish your Aims and Objectives

The first thing to establish is what you are trying to achieve in working out. Obviously, better general conditioning is one aim.

But are you looking for improved general conditioning for an improved quality of life?

Are you looking for an improved performance in your sports, and to avoid injury, as Wayne Watson says in his interview?

Are you, perhaps, wanting to train for a particularly demanding event, a triathlon for instance, or for a new sport?

Or a combination of these?

It will help you if you decide what the intention of training is in order to focus your training more effectively, even if at first you work on fitness in a more general way.


Determine your fitness level

In order to start training at the correct level, you need to establish the fitness level you are starting with.


For a comprehensive self-assessment, click here for the Fitness Self Assessment. Otherwise, be sensible about how you start exercising. If you haven't exercised for a long time, you'll get stiff muscles the day after you exercise so don't overdo it. Do fewer repetitions of each exercise to start with and build up gradually. You'll probably be tired after exercising so make sure you get rest. Rest after exercising is an important element of the whole. And above all, continuity and regularity are vital. IT WILL TAKE TIME. So be patient, exercise the number of times per week you can do regularly - even if it's once a week - and be prepared to stick at it. Don't exercise 4 times in the first week and give up because you can't keep it up.
Now you are ready to start exercising.