Using performance Data in goal setting

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 16:54
Goal setting is almost essential in feeling rewarded for your hard work in all training and sport. The most common method for goal setting is SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timeline) goals. An example of this may be: I’m going to add 10 Kg to my weightlifting total in 12 months, by training weightlifting movements 3 times per week, based on previous years competition
this should place me 2 positions higher at nationals this year in December.

While these goals are good and can work in training we have so much data which we can use to create process goals. A process goal is, achieving a milestone that is necessary to be able to complete the end goal. For example, things such as weightlifting your potential max lifts can be calculated based off your front or back squat given you’re moving with efficient technique. So, by using data such as your current 1 Rep maxes and the snatch – back squat max ratio, you can decide what your process goals should be focused on. The same goes with time-based activities such as a 5km run, using data from other runs often give you an idea of what you should be capable of for other runs.


(Everett, 2013)

This should form the basis of your training programming and programming goals. Just doing lots of snatches and then going for you goal, which at the time is still 70% of your 1 rep max back squat is setting yourself up for failure.

Process goals are often best used in the achievable area of your SMART goals and will give you a greater focus on what may need to be done first before attempting your goal.

Where to from here? It might be time to talk to a coach and engage them to help you develop your goals and a targeted program to achieve them based on some testing data.



Everett, G., 2013. The Relation Of Snatch, Clean & Jerk And Squat Weights. [online] Available at: [Accessed 18 January 2021].