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Committing To Your Fitness Goals – What Does It Take?

By January 12, 2015 No Comments

Just as I have been asking my clients to be thoughtful about their fitness goals, I’ve been thinking about my personal fitness goals for 2015. Goals are important to have purpose and motivation. And when you achieve your goal, the sense of satisfaction and empowerment is even more stimulating. Since all my clients share their personal goals with me, I want to share my fitness goals with you for accountability.


Increase Strength. I’ve been in and out of physical therapy for many years. My physical therapist (Paul Thomas, Accelerated Rehab in Roscoe Village) has been telling me the same thing year after year…I need to increase my core strength and glute strength. Clearly what I have been doing in the past wasn’t enough, I need to change things up. I added Russian Kettlebell training at i.d. gym to my regimen and have been going to classes twice a week (since October) and will continue to do so as my schedule allows. I feel stronger, but know there is a lot more work to do. The best party of Kettlebell training – I am learning new exercises to enhance my personal training skills and Active Moms Club’s programming.


Compete in a triathlon. I have been contemplating registering for the Ironman 70.3 Racine Triathlon this summer. I’ve been to the race’s website a half dozen times over many weeks but have not pulled the trigger to register. I have gone so far as reserving a hotel room in Racine, Wisconsin because I know from experience that lodging can sell out in the area for race weekend.

My excuses for not registering for the race are multiple: 1) my history of injuries (refunds are not granted, and registration is not cheap), 2) finding time to get all of my training in, 3) the water temperature in Lake Michigan could still be pretty darn cold come July.


During Friday’s Kettlebell class I was attempting a single arm snatch. It’s a move I have yet to master and have been working up to it. I tried a few snatches with a lighter weight when the trainer, Rob, came over to give me more instruction. He looked me right in the eye and said matter-of-factly, “you’re not committed” and proceeded to break down the movements of a successful snatch. “Once you start the swing, let the momentum carry the bell over head and finish with a punch. Commit to it.” His words punched me…square in the gut.

“You’re not committed.” It’s a powerful statement. He’s right. I am not committed and I need to be.  Saturday afternoon I sat down at my computer and registered for the Ironman 70.3 Racine Triathlon on July 19, 2015. I was making excuses for why I have not yet registered. Just as I say to clients, “if it’s important you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find excuses”.  This race is important to me. It’s my favorite triathlon distance to compete (1600 meter swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run) and I’ve been eager to get back now that my boys are 3+ years old.


I committed to the race, and I’m committed to set a new PR (personal record)! This means I will need to be in the best shape of my life. I’ve raced this particular triathlon every year from 2004 – 2008 and every year I got a little faster. I’m showing up on race day 2015 to give it my all and set a new personal record. I’m going to kick some butt!

Are you committed?


You can do it – whatever ‘it’ is. No excuses, if it’s important you’ll find a way.

Need personal motivation and accountability to make a plan and achieve your fitness goals – Contact Coach Cassandra, Visit to learn more about personal training, prenatal and postnatal small group training programs.