The Smart Method

I believe in looking at the method below and applying it. It really helps us see the big picture. We all want to be in a position to excel and succeed. If you fail to prepare properly it will be tough to succeed. I am not saying it is impossible BUT it is going to make it that much harder for you. Be SMART with your 2014. Make some goals, track your progress, log in your workouts and you will see how much more successful you can be. The PURPOSE of TRAINING is to TRAIN with PURPOSE. GYM says so kids.


  • Have something specific you are training for? This could be short term or long term.
  • Run a 5k in 4 weeks or run a 10k in 3 months.
Train with the SMART Method


  • Measurements and Tests allow us to track progress to see if training is working.
  • Pre Test and Post Test
  • Power – Vertical Jump
  • Strength – Bench Press
  • Endurance – 12 minute run


  • Create goals that are challenging but reachable with proper training.
  • If you never lifted weights do not expect to be a bodybuilder or world record holder anytime soon.


  • Do your goals make sense for you?
  • Do you have all that’s needed/required to achieve the goals?
  • Training Environment
  • Equipment


  • Do you have the time to train for what you are trying to achieve?
  • Do you have the hours in a day?
  • Do you have the right amount of days in a week?
  • Do you have enough weeks/months to prepare?

Author: Jim Ferris

Jim Ferris is a Philadelphia based trainer whose clientele includes professional athletes, local teams, everyday fitness enthusiasts, and maybe a celebrity or two depending on who is in town. Jim is known for his work in the basketball community from training with the Philadelphia 76ers for many years and training several NBA players that live their offseason in the Philadelphia area. Jim’s expertise in the training field, along with his dynamic and creative training style keeps players, coaches and clients coming back year after year. Click here to visit James homepage and here to follow him on Facebook.

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