Training Standards and Why You Need Them

expectations, goal setting, goals, Motivation, personal expectations, Training, training standards -

Training Standards and Why You Need Them


1.used or accepted as normal or average.
“the standard rate of income tax”

Synonyms: normal, usual, typical, stock, common, ordinary, customary, conventional, wonted, established, well established, settled, set, fixed, traditional, prevailing
“the standard way of doing it”

What are your training standards?

I mean what do you expect and accept from yourself session to session? What are the progress standards? What are the exercise selection standards? Time you arrive at the gym? Time you get STARTED? The kind of people you train with? What kind of gym you will train in?

Establishing standards on every part of your training is CRUCIAL to creating the best possible training experience for yourself, and keep you moving forward.

Think about it this way…

Even McDonald’s has standards of operation. From uniforms, the look and feel of the restaurant, the way the burgers are cooked, the way the burgers LOOK, to the words the cashiers greet you with, it’s all standard. They accept no less than their standards, neither should you.

Think of your ultimate goal, whether it’s performance or physique based, then write down who YOU have to be, and what your non-negotiable standards will have to be to reach that goal.

Here are a few of mine:

  1. I will train a minimum of 60 minutes, 3x per week, no exceptions
  2. I must maintain a minimum deadlift 1 rep max of 2x bodyweight
  3. I must maintain a minimum bench press 1 rep max of 1.5x bodyweight
  4. I will perform a minimum of 60 minutes of mobility work per week
  5. I will only train with partners who can train at my level, never below
  6. I eliminate all distractions during my training time including email/social media
  7. My training commitment is above all but family needs

When you get super focused and create your non-negotiable standards in your training, you will make 10x more progress than before because now you have created a CULTURE for your training life.

You have a belief system, and it’s going to be very hard for something to break that system.

This is what you do. Your training culture becomes part of who you are, not just an activity.

Superman doesn’t kill, Batman doesn’t use guns, Spider-Man never shares his identity. They have strict standards that allow them to be the superhero they believe they CAN be!

What do you want to be? Decide today, then create at least 5 standards that support that goal, and never stray from them.

Post your list in the comment section below!

By Chad Smith, Fitness Coach