First of all I hope everyone had a good Christmas and New year.

Now that we have got the end of the year celebrations out the way we can start to get back into our training routine ready to bring our A game in 2018.

However that being said, most of us that are ‘resolutioners’ seem to either set unrealistic training goals for the new year or often find ourselves coasting through the gears a few weeks into the new year.

To help with this problem we help set our members realistic short, medium and long term goals, for example your yearly goal might be to drop 10kg which overall is a big drop in body mass. However when we break it down into smaller more realistic short term goals for example 1kg a month it becomes a lot less daunting number.

For any of our newbies that have never set foot in a gym before a realistic yearly goal would be to drink at least 1.5 to 3 litres of water a day, have protein with every meal and do some form of exercise 3 times a week, this doesn’t have to be in the gym.

Combining these 3 things in conjunction with mastering the basics; the squat, deadlift, presses and horizontal and vertical pulling movements. Mastering these basic movements will develop full body strength and with some added conditioning it will bring an increased level of performance.

Finally make sure you tell someone about your goals, having that little bit more accountability will help a lot along the way especially when your motivation is lacking towards the back end of January.

So if your New Years resolution is to get in shape then its not essential for you to do endless amounts of burpees or a single leg overhead squat because it looks ‘cool’ on Instagram. Stick to the basics of strength and conditioning training and you will see the results every single time.

Remember there is no magic pill people, just hard work instilled by small achievable goals, put into place through a program devised to help you progress.

Lets kick off 2018 in the right way people, and have a great start to the training year.

Rob.

Rob Hodges

Written by: Rob Hodges