S – At the end of each gym session, I will ride the bike for 5 miles to try and improve my endurance M – I will measure this by monitoring the bike for both time and distance A – This is an attainable goal because I am in the gym everyday with my baseball teammates. We motivate each other to attain whatever goal that individual is working on R – This is realistic because of the time I already spend on the bike. I also have the support of my teammates T – This will be accomplished by the end of the spring semester.
I chose this as my SMART goal because I wanted to see what kind of shape I could get myself into. At the beginning of the semester, I was not in the best shape. Biking is a more enjoyable form of cardio for myself, personally, so I knew that I would be able to reach my goal.
Itwould have been easy for me at many points throughout my completion of the goal to give up. Having someone there with me at all times was paramount in the completion of my SMART goal.
Miles on Bike76543210 Weeks 1-3 Weeks 4-6 Weeks 7-9
The chart on the previous slide shows the number of miles I completed on the bike for the certain number of weeks. Weeks 1- 3 I completed 5 miles on the bike. Weeks 4-6 I completed 6 miles on the bike and the final 3 weeks I completed 6.5 miles on the bike.
I was in the gym for the first 3 weeks everyday after baseball practice. I spent anywhere from one-two hours in the gym. At the end of each lift session I would ride the bike until I hit the 5 mile mark. After the first three weeks I saw an improvement so I decided to up the amount of miles to 6.
My teammates were without a doubt the main enablers. They pushed me to finish my goal each time. An inhibitor might have been the few times I was too tired at the end of my lift session to not run my 5-6 miles on the bike.
I know the results were successful. I feel as if I am in some of the best shape of my young life. I can see improvements on the baseball field as well, having more stamina than I have had in previous years.