What Are Your 2010 BJJ and Fitness Training Goals?

Martin Rooney
Martin Rooney training on the beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In Sunday’s show, Martin Rooney of Training for Warriors fame helped get us all amped up to have a great year of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and fitness training. As you remember, he reminded us of how little the traditional New Year’s Resolutions seem to stick. Instead, Rooney suggests a M.A.T. acronym to help us more effectively set goals.

  • Measurable: It can’t be something vague like, “I want to get better at jiu-jitsu”. It must be something with a defined end result. So maybe you say “I want to improve enough that my instructor will feel the need to award me a new belt or stripe on my belt”.
  • Attainable: As Rooney said, don’t say you are going to be a black belt in BJJ after a year of training. Make it something realistic.
  • Timeframe: You have to set a date by which you’ll have reached your goal. Is that a month from now? Is it by December 31, 2010?

Finally, Rooney strongly encourages us to publicly state our goals in front of others. The act of sharing our goals with others adds social pressure for us to achieve them. Plus, when others know them they can help provide support for us to achieve our BJJ and fitness goals.

So what are your goals in 2010, Mighty 600,000? Share them in the comments below!

4 thoughts on “What Are Your 2010 BJJ and Fitness Training Goals?”

  1. I have two goals this year: (1) achieve a weight below 175 lbs by my 35th birthday and maintain below 180lbs throughout the rest of the year and (2) keep training minimum 3 times a week in order to earn my blue belt by 2011 (I’ve been training like this already for a year now already, so I think this is realistic).

  2. After listening the show, i got a note pad and started writing my goals for 2010, and got so many things i want to accomplish i hope i don’t overwhelm my self. But because of good shows like this one i get inspire so much that i truly believe i will accomplish everything i set in front of me. THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS SHOW.

  3. Generally, my goal for this year is to incorporate more core related strength training into my BJJ regiment. More specifically however I want to be able to do 10 unassisted hand stand push ups while starting from the kneeling position. 10 is just an arbitrary number though, because the first one is proving difficult, you see I can’t do a handstand either. Oh well, no rush really I’m just looking forward to another great year of training.

    By the way, each week I feel like Ralphy on A Christmas Story waiting for Little Orphan Annie while I’m waiting to get your show, thanks for all the work you do!

  4. The Martin Rooney interview was one of the best interviews I’ve ever heard. It gave me chills. After listening, I decided to more concretely put down my goals for the year.

    My overall objective is to get better at Jiu Jitsu. This will be achived through three actions:
    1) Get stronger – initiate a weight training regime under a personal trainer to achive a 15% increase in strength objectives (e.g., deadlift, front squat, ect) by Dec 2010.

    2) Improve my wrestling, judo and guard passing. These areas are my weakest, so I will be training with an Olympic medalist judoka and a national champion wrestler. In class I am focusing on sweeps, guard passing and guard retention.

    3) Win a tournament. Get a new belt. Bask in glory as women throw themselves at me and men line up to shake my hand.
    3a) bonus goal: listen to the fightworks podcast every week

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