What are you training for? If I had a dollar for every time I was asked this question…I’d be a rich woman. Find out my favorite responses to this question how to create goals if you ARE training for something!

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What Are You Training For?

WELCOME to the Capable & Strong Series! 

This series is all about strength training. We will be chatting about things from reasons why women should lift to suggested supplements to building a strong body and mind! And you can expect strength training workouts! 

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Hheeeyyyy! It’s Friday! Finally! You all know how much I love Friday’s, so let’s just dive into today’s post, shall we.
So, what are you training for?

Do you ever get this question? I’m betting any lady that lifts even moderate weight shit, at the gym, has gotten this question at least once, if not multiple times. Every week, maybe? I’ve had this conversation with multiple gals before, including those in The Burpees for Breakfast Squad. This has even been a topic in my newsletter.

It was a few weeks ago. I was in the locker room, getting ready to teach my class. One of the ladies that I’d seen in the gym for the past few weeks asked ‘Can I ask what you are training for?’

I was taken off guard and it took me a second to answer her. My response was…LIFE. And when that didn’t seem to satisfy, I followed up by saying, ‘Well, I’m a personal trainer. I like to workout.’ [side bar: she told The Hubs that she’s scared of me as well. (laugh-crying emoji)].

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This isn’t the first time I’ve been asked this question at the gym. It usually comes from a male. When it’s not, ‘What are you training for?’, it’s something along the lines of wondering why I’m working my muscles so hard or why am I working out so hard?

Here’s the thing, you don’t really need a justification for being a badass and working out hard, whether you are lifting or not. It’s okay that you aren’t training for a race or a competition; you don’t always need to be. It’s okay to lift heavy shit just to lift heavy shit. It’s okay to workout because it makes you feel good,  you want to care for your body and because you want to live healthy.

I like more intense workouts. I like jamming out to rap, while lifting or doing a HIIT workout and only focusing on that. I like challenging my body and moving it in new ways. I like just training for life. And to be awesome.

However, if you are interested in training for something, other than a race, perhaps a deadlift PR or a push-up goal, here are a few things to  keep in mind

Related: Making SMART Choices and Owning It


Setting SMART Goals is one of the best ways to ensure the goal will be met. SMART stands for:


Let’s just create a little scenario, shall we? Say you have a deadlift goal. You want to pull 200#. You do deadlifts in your workout and find that you are only pulling about 135#. Creating a goal of pulling 200# by the next week is NOT a realistic, timely or attainable goal…unless you want to hurt yourself. If you want to hurt yourself, then by all means, attempt it, but I DO NOT recommend that.

Instead, creating a SMART Goal can help you get to that 200# pull. For example, you’ll need to figure out how quickly you can move up weight, you’ll need to think about how many days a week you want to train deadlift and you’ll need to consider how quickly you want to reach your goal. A nearly 65# increase in an exercise is going to take some time, keep that in mind.

So, first the big goal: I want to pull 200# for 3 reps.

Great! Now, let’s make some behavioral goals:

  • I commit to 2 deadlift focused workout days per week.
  • I commit to training deadlift in a STRENGTH style workout (let’s say 5×5) for my 2 workout days per week.
  • I commit to increasing my deadlift weight by 10# each week until I reach my goal.
  • I commit to incorporating at least 3 – 4 exercises that will help me increase my deadlift, for at least 3 workouts per week (this should be pulling exercises, loaded carries and core work).

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Those behavior goals are all SMART goals. If we follow the 10# a week increase, we will hit our goal in about 6 weeks. I usually like to plan a buffer week, just in case I find I need a little more practice at a certain weight or life happens and I can’t get in all my workout days in a week.

Try following this template next time you are training for something. Also, keep in mind, you might need to adjust your goals, especially if you aren’t exactly sure how long it’s going to take to reach it. Always be willing to adapt and tweak, still keeping that goal in mind.

Related: Why Setting Short Term Goals is the Key to Success

Speaking of training for something specific, if you are interested in progressing your push-ups, I encourage you to join The Burpees for Breakfast Squad. We are doing a 2 week push-up challenge starting Sunday (5/14). This is not your average push-up challenge. You’ll be getting the tools you strengthen weak spots and progress to pretty, full push-ups!


So, next time someone asks you what you are training for, if you aren’t training for anything, tell them: I’m training for LIFE or I’m training to be AWESOME.

Before I sign off, here is what you can expect in the coming weeks with the Capable & Strong Series.

  • What Happens If I Don’t Feel It?
  • Breathing 101
  • Core Exercises Important for Lifting
  • Lifting Nutrition Basics (Pre / Post Workout & Supplements)
  • Upper Body Strength Workout
  • And a few more fun things!

What are your weekend plans?! We are hanging out and doing a little shopping tonight. Tomorrow we have my Omi’s birthday party and Mother’s Day celebration. Sunday, I set up at church and then we have Mother’s Day celebrations with the In-Laws (which should include seeing Guardians of the Galaxy).


What do you tell someone when they ask what you are training for?
What are your weekend plans?!