THE END GAME

NOW’S THE TIME TO GET IN SHAPE, BY SET­TING ACHIEV­ABLE WIN­TER GOALS.

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Now’s the time to get in shape by set­ting your­self some achiev­able goals for win­ter.

Just be­cause the sun’s taken off on a north­ern hemi­sphere so­journ doesn’t mean your ft­ness rou­tine should be placed in the shade. The morn­ings are colder and the temp­ta­tion to stay un­der the doona is ten­fold – but now’s the best time to lock down a rou­tine, do the hard yards through win­ter and reap the re­wards come sum­mer. And one of the best ways to make sure general ft­ness and health doesn’t slide is to set your­self goals. But don’t just take our word for it. “A few peo­ple out there can train day-in day-out, no prob­lem, but for most of us we need goals – how­ever big or small – to keep mo­ti­vated,” says Scott Good­ing, a per­sonal trainer based in Bondi Beach. “There are so many fan­tas­tic events through­out the year, and there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one. Take a pick from marathons, sprint triathlons, Tough Mud­ders. Hav­ing a goal is para­mount to ad­her­ence to train­ing.” Good­ing goes on to say that goal set­ting needs to be both at­tain­able and chal­leng­ing. It’s a point re­it­er­ated by for­mer NRL player and co-founder of the global beast that is F45 Train­ing, Dan Conn.

“It’s sim­ple, goals give struc­ture. And if you keep that struc­ture then you will be less likely to stray from the path.” While eyes on the long game are a strong start­ing point, Conn says it’s then about break­ing down prepa­ra­tion into smaller, at­tain­able ob­jec­tives. “I use two-week blocks to tar­get a specifc as­pect of train­ing – it might be two weeks heavy train­ing, two weeks on mus­cle growth and then a fort­night’s meta­bolic con­di­tion­ing. That’s a six-week slog in to­tal.” Ul­ti­mately, make sure you wear win­ter the way you want to – cooler weather is only an ex­cuse should you make it that. n

“FOR MOST OF US, WE NEED GOALS TO KEEP MO­TI­VATED.”

WORDS RICHARD CLUNE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY CHARLES DENNINGTON S T Y L I NG BRAD HOMES

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