And just like that, 2010 is past and it’s 2011.  Fans of the cult film This is Spinal Tap are undoubtedly familiar with the statement “this one goes to 11.” If you’re not, find a copy and figure it out. Since this is the year of Going to 11, now is  a good time to examine what you spend your training time doing and what you hope to get out of it. In the last year, what’s changed in your life/body/priorities that affects how you train? What can you leave behind, and what do you need to research, explore and bring into your training? What areas need improvement? How are you limiting yourself? There are a few questions that can put the past year into perspective, and lay out a plan for improving on it in 2011:

  • What do I want out of my training time (goals)
  • What do I need to do to make those things happen (methods)

From there:

  • Make a plan. Be realistic. Don’t be afraid to put on your student hat.
  • Get to it.

So with that in mind, good luck in the new year- train hard, train smart and have fun.