How to Set Realistic Fitness Goals During Your Fitness Journey

We would all like to run a marathon without any training, win a weightlifting competition without picking up a barbell, or lose 10 pounds without limiting calorie intake. However, it’s important to understand these scenarios are unrealistic. This is why setting up realistic fitness goals is of such importance.

Realistic fitness goals are essential in our health journey, regardless of our fitness level. These objectives are necessary because they guide our behavior and influence our performance toward our desired outcome.

Just as important is how you set a goal strategy. Creating smaller milestones along the way to reaching your ultimate objective means you are more likely to achieve success.


People who create a realistic goal and also break it down into small doable steps are more likely to accomplish what they set out to do. When you focus on short-term actions and recognize small successes, you have greater motivation and build confidence to reach the finish line.


Keep these five key points in mind when you’re goal setting. Many in the fitness industry refer to these as SMART goals:

  1. Specific
  2. Measurable
  3. Achievable
  4. Realistic
  5. Timely


When setting a goal, be as detailed as possible. Being specific is a proven tactic that creates realistic actions and strategies.

For example, instead of “I’m going to do more exercise this week,” say, “I’m going to attend a 30-minute Boot Camp three days this week, on Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday.”


To understand your progress, you will need to track your goals along the way. Just saying you want to have “more arm strength” is not something that has a tangible measurement. However, identifying that you want to increase the amount of push-ups you can do makes the goal measurable. Plus, saying you want to be able to do 20 push-ups in one minute within a month makes it specific.


A goal must easily fit in with your daily and chaotic life to be doable. It doesn’t make sense to plan to get up early every morning to go to a fitness session if you already know you have multiple late nights ahead and will possibly be too tired to get up.

Be realistic with the time frame you create for achieving your fitness or weight loss goals. Remember, lasting changes take a while to achieve. You didn’t gain that 15 pounds in one day, and you won’t lose it overnight.


A goal should be personally relevant to you. Some people call this your “why.” Your long-term training goal might be participating in a fitness competition or running a 5K on a set date.

Think about what is achievable for you. Writing down your goals and putting reminders in prominent places (your office, bathroom, kitchen) will help keep you mindful of your long-term objective.


Making any lifestyle change can be challenging, so give yourself a realistic deadline. Defining a time to meet your fitness goal is not meant to add pressure to your workout routine, but rather to keep you accountable and stay on track.

If you’re having difficulty determining your long and short-term health and fitness goals or feeling overwhelmed about the process, it can be helpful to talk to an expert, like a certified personal trainer.

That’s where Fit Body Boot Camp (FBBC) comes in.


Results take time and (a lot of) effort. Too many people “fizzle” out after the first few sessions due to unrealistic expectations.

The right place and people can make your fitness goals more achievable. Fit Body Boot Camp (FBBC) provides motivation and all the resources you need to meet and exceed your goals.

We understand that setting goals and meeting your fitness expectations can be overwhelming. Fit Body Boot Camp has created a program where our certified coaches take the time to get to know you. This helps them assist you in planning your training and weight loss strategies.

FBCC provides a space where like-minded people bond, encourage, inspire, and are held accountable on their path to health. Our results-oriented fitness sessions offer a supportive place to set and achieve realistic health expectations that will last!

Fit Body Boot Camp delivers result-driven sessions that you will look forward to attending.

  • All fitness levels welcome
  • Our signature Afterburn Workout burns twice the calories in half the time and keeps your metabolism running at a higher rate for up to 36 hours post-workout
  • Certified fitness coaches guide and motivate you throughout each class
  • Results you’ll be proud of
  • No intimidating equipment
  • No figuring it out alone

We are confident you will learn the best methods for setting realistic short-term and long-term health goals for yourself at FBBC. We can’t wait to celebrate your victories and accomplishments! Come join us today at Fit Body Boot Camp.

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