Are you prepared to achieve your 2016 fitness goals? Follow these simple tips to stay on track and achieve a new level of results!

By Jeff Millet

Who holds you accountable to do what you say you’ll do? We all should hold ourselves accountable for our actions. However, our experience has proven that when it comes to fitness goals, most people need another person to push them and call them out if they fall off track.

This year, I have personally set a goal to compete in one of my lifelong dreams: an Ironman Triathlon. It’s a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and then a marathon (26.2 mile run).  This has been a goal of mine for the past 15 years -- something I always wnated to do, but never committed to. 

I knew that in order to stay accountable, I would need to register and pay for the race, share the goal with as many people as possible, and find other like-minded people to train with. Building a network of people who know about or share my goal = MORE ACCOUNTABILITY.

What are your big goals in 2016? Here are 4 strategies for achieving them:

  1. Set SMART goals – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-based

    Specific – determine what you want to achieve and why. Do you want to get strong? Build muscle? Move faster? Jump higher? Compete in an Ironman? Why? 

    Measurable – do you have weight targets for your indicator lifts? Vertical leap? A target body weight? 

    Attainable – set a goal that is challenging, but physically possible. 

    Realistic – it’s easy to get off track if goals are too extreme. Be realistic. 

    Time based – set a deadline. When will you achieve your goal?
  2. Get a plan
    If you want to achieve a specific goal, you need a goal-specific plan. At Northcore, our custom workout and nutrition programs focus on helping our clients meet their goals. Exercises and workout plans accomplish different goals for strength, building muscle, conditioning, and weight loss. Sports-specific goals focus on different movements and muscles groups. A one-size-fits-all approach is less likely to work. Talk to an expert who can help create a program specifically for you.
  3. Create your team
    Record and share your goal. Set up your accountability plan. Who should you share your goals with? Who do you have in your life to hold you accountable? Do you have a coach or training partners that can push you and share your vision? Who is tracking your progress? How will you know if you are off track?
  4. Make it a part of your routine
    We’ve seen it time and again with everyone from beginners to professional athletes: consistency is the key to success. Determine how you can make fitness a part of your weekly routine. Many of our clients say that after they established a regular workout routine, they don’t know how they lived without it.

Too many people put their goals off. Set yourself up for success and stop procrastinating! If you need help achieving your sports, fitness, or nutrition goals in 2016, Northcore is here to help you accomplish that. To get a free assessment and a personalized, sport-specific training program, please contact us or visit us at

Jeff Millet is the owner and head coach at Northcore. He has a BS in Kinesiology from Arizona State University and has over 10 years of experience training athletes of all ages and levels from beginners to professional athletes.