The Importance of Targets
And Why We Use Them
One of the primary driving forces behind JAMWORKOUT Philosophy is the need for targets.
Imagine needing to achieve a bullseye without knowing which way to shoot. It would be strictly up to chance whether you would be successful. A target gives you a sense of direction, allows your mind to focus and not waste energy shooting aimlessly. Although you may not get the bullseye, you will come closer, and have a better chance through repetition to hit your target, which ultimately means reaching your goal.
We have found through working with thousands of clients and members that setting individual workout targets provides not only direction but helps to avoid a sense of overwhelm when it comes to the loftier goals of losing weight. Losing 50lbs is much more daunting than regularly working out for 500 or 800 calories.
Why 500 and 800?
The targets were developed according to average people and what they need to do to induce a change. Women naturally burn fewer calories, because of their generally smaller size and muscle mass. Women are also far more likely to adhere to diets and calorie restriction. For this reason, women should target 500 calories.
Men have a larger body size and higher percentage of muscle mass, so they naturally burn at a higher rate. The target for men is set at 800 calories per workout.
What target should I have for warm up?
JAMWORKOUT recommends that men warm up for 200 calories and women for 150. Ideally, your warmup will be multi-limb and multi-joint to be most effective. Warmup should take no more than 10-15 minutes. The heart rate should be elevated. The joints will be warm and well lubricated. This will decrease the chance of injury.
Is that in addition to the workout target?
This number is included in the total workout target.
How long should it take to hit my target?
Some days you will feel great. You will have energy to burn, weights will seem light, and you will CRUSH your workout. On those days you may hit your workout target in 45 minutes. On days when you are dragging, you may need to finish on cardio to hit your targets.
If I don’t get 500 or 800, did I waste my time?
Everything you do, every workout is inching you closer to your goal, whether you get 200 or 2000 calories.