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    T.J.W. pulse's Avatar
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    Deciding your lifting goals

    I know ultimately in the end it will be my decision on what goals I want to achieve, but here is my question. I noticed most people set bodyweight goals, squat, deadlift, and bench goals. I'm not worried about my bodyweight but I would definately like to set goals for my bench, squat, and deadlift.

    I'm very new (if you want to check my journal in my sig for an idea or some history) and I don't want to set them too high and get dissapointed when I don't get them quickly. But I also don't want to set them too low where I don't push myself hard enough to get them. I guess to make a long story short I want some help on what I could set them.

    The only goal I've really been pushing for up to this point is hitting my bodyweight with the bench. Which is only 135 so I'm not too far off (115). And i've hit a 200 dead already so maybe 270 (2xbw) for that? I dont think that sounds too unreasonable. And maybe a 175 squat? Ive never maxed on squat but Ive done 110 for reps fairly easy. You guys think those are too easy for now? I can always add new goals once i reach those. Thanks for the help!

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    I would set a long term goal and a short term goal
    for example 135/270/175-altho that might be low for a squat goal- short term
    eventually I want to be able to lift 200/350/275
    that type of thing
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    Your goal should be everytime you step in the gym you are gonna lift more than last time. Number goals only set a limit for yourself. Now are you gonna lift more everytime? Probably not. But it is a good mindset for me. If you wanna set long term goals then thats fine, but I am just telling you my idea of 'goals'.
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    Stepto - Im really liking that idea im probably going to go with something along those lines with similar numbers too.

    Howard - Yeah I normally go into the gym with the mindset im going to lift more than last time (which is normally the case) i was just looking for goals that i can accomplish in the next few weeks/months not the next day.

    Im thinking:

    Short - 135/270/205
    Long - 200/350/275

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    Hey Pulse, those goals look fairly realistic. As you progress, you may need to change those goals.

    Dedicate some of your time to evaluating and correcting your techniques.

    Do some research on diet, you will need protein to help repair and strengthen the muscles from each training session.

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